The latest UK Foreign Office travel advice for Spain, France, Italy and Germany

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After one of the most difficult years in many of our lives, it’s no surprise that we wanted a vacation. But the coronavirus is still very much present, which means international travel is not as easy as it used to be.

Not only has the UK government introduced a series of measures impacting overseas travel, but also destination countries.

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That’s why it’s especially important to know the latest travel tips for the countries you hope to travel to.

Here are the latest travel tips for Spain, France, Italy and Germany.

Spain

Spain is rightly a popular place to visit thanks to its beautiful scenery, great people and delicious food.

It was one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic and its very important tourism industry is now trying to get back on its feet.

The Office of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development (FCDO) continues to advise against non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands, based on the current COVID-19 risk assessment in the country.

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The Canary Islands are the only area not affected by this.

Upon arrival, travelers entering Spain from the UK will not need to self-isolate.

However, you will need to:

  • Provide your contact details and any coronavirus exposure history 48 hours prior to travel.
  • Check the temperature
  • Take a visual health assessment

Due to a high rate of Covid-19 in some areas, some regional governments have imposed entry and exit restrictions.

Be sure to check before you travel to see if this applies.

Spain is not among the countries on the travel corridor list, which means you will need to self-quarantine when you return to the UK.

The Canary Islands are exempt.

France

The Office of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development (FCDO) currently advises against all travel, except essential, to France (including Corsica).

This is based on the current COVID-19 risk assessment.

If you decide to go there, measures have been put in place by the French authorities.

Upon arrival, you will need to complete a self-declaration form certifying that you are not suffering from symptoms of coronavirus or that you have been in contact with confirmed cases in the previous fortnight.

The French government has imposed strict measures in response to the pandemic.

A curfew is in effect in large parts of the country, especially where the virus is spreading rapidly. In these areas, people are required to stay at home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Other measures include partial or total closures of bars and a “rule of six” limiting the number of people allowed to meet.

France is also not among the countries on the travel corridor list, which means you will need to quarantine yourself upon your return.

Italy



The Rome lockdown began early when the country’s northern region suffered a high rate of infection

Passengers arriving in Italy must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before travel.

Some Italian airports offer free tests when you land, but you will need to check if your point of arrival does.

Otherwise, you will need to get tested privately here in the UK.

You must also complete a self-declaration from the Italian Ministry of the Interior before your trip.

Once you are in the country, local restrictions apply, including:

  • Social distance of one meter
  • Masks mandatory in all public spaces (indoor and outdoor)
  • Only six people can sit together in restaurants, bars and cafes
  • Most establishments must close at midnight and after 6 p.m. can only serve customers seated at a table.

Like Spain and France, a travel corridor is not established between Italy and the UK, which means a 14-day quarantine is essential upon your return.

The Office of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development (FCDO) advises against all non-essential travel to Italy, based on the current COVID-19 risk assessment in the country.

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Germany

Germany is exempt from the FCDO opinion against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current COVID-19 risk assessment.

However, the UK is classified as an “increased risk” area by German authorities, so there are some obstacles you will need to overcome to visit.

Coming from the UK, you will need to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine yourself for 14 days.

You can present a valid test taken within 48 hours of arrival, take a free test on arrival (available at airports) or take a test near you (free if taken within 72 hours of arrival ).

A negative test result will exempt you from 14-day self-isolation in most areas, but some states require a negative second test before granting an exemption.

You will also need to inform the local German health authority about your stay.

Unlike the other three countries, Germany is on the travel lanes list, which means you won’t have to quarantine yourself on your return.



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