The newly renamed Office of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development (FCDO – also known as FCO) regularly posts updates on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic. A list of countries is exempt from the current advice to avoid non-essential travel. However, in recent months, the FCO has removed countries from the exemption list at any time if coronavirus cases are deemed too high in a region.
What is the FCO’s latest advice for Spain?
Spain was one of the first countries to be removed from the FCO exemption list on July 26, 2020.
As of September 3, the FCO continues to advise against non-essential travel to Spain, which includes the Balearic and Canary Islands.
Anyone visiting Spain will need to self-isolate for 14 days after returning to the UK.
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Spain has its own entry requirements in place in light of the pandemic, so visitors will need to provide mandatory contact information and their history of COVID-19 exposure to Spanish authorities 48 hours prior to travel.
People traveling to Spain will also need to undergo a temperature check and an assessment of their visual health.
People visiting Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival at this time.
Upon arrival in Spain, visitors must follow the rules in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus – which includes the use of face masks on public transport and in some public spaces.
“In a number of areas, the French government has taken further action as a result.”
For those who are currently in France, the FCOs are not advising people to leave at this time, but the advice of local authorities should be followed.
There are entry requirements for visiting France and rules are in place regarding the use of face masks in public spaces.
France was removed from the FCO exemption list on August 15, 2020.
What is the FCO’s latest advice for Greece?
Greece is currently exempt from the FCO opinion against non-essential travel.
However, in light of recent events, there has been speculation that Greece could be removed from the FCO’s exemption list, as more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Greece during the week. last.
The Scottish government recently said that if you return to Scotland from Greece on or after September 3, you will need to self-isolate.
Anyone returning to Wales from Zakynthos (Zante) may also be required to self-isolate for 14 days and request a coronavirus test once they arrive home.
Wales Minister of Health Vaughan Gething said there were six recent clusters of coronavirus cases, totaling at least 30 infections, linked to Zante flights in Wales.
At least 16 people have tested positive for COVID-19 following a TUI flight from the Greek island to Cardiff airport last week.
Further information is available on the FCO and Welsh Government websites.