Holidays are currently not allowed for anyone in the UK, with international travel banned and Brits urged to stay at home as the third lockdown advances. However, many will be ready to book getaways when this is all done and it is important to be aware of covid restrictions in your preferred vacation destination. Here are the latest travel tips from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) for Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Greece.
FCDO updated its guidelines for Spain yesterday.
The country continues to ban British flights, including those passing through Spain, after a highly transmissible mutant strain of covid has been identified in Britain.
“Spain has announced that it will restrict passenger travel from the UK (by air and sea) from December 22, 2020 to January 19, 2021, except for Spanish nationals and those legally resident in Spain” , detailed the Foreign Office.
“International transit through Spanish airports of passengers on flights departing from the UK is not permitted.
“This includes flights from the UK to the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands. If you need to travel or transit through Spain, please contact your tour operator prior to departure. ”
A negative covid test is required for entry and the mandatory health check form is completed.
Anyone returning to the UK from Spain will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test and quarantine for 10 days.
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France has also blocked those in the UK, but with no end date for the measures set.
“France has announced that it will restrict travel from the UK from December 20,” said FCDO.
“Travel restrictions apply to all air, car, ferry and train passengers. If you need to travel to France, please contact your tour operator. ”
There are three exceptions to the rules: French nationals and nationals of the European Area as well as their spouses and children; British and / or third country nationals who usually reside in France, in the European Union or in the European area, or who must travel for certain essential reasons (as specified by the French government); and UK or third country nationals traveling for certain exceptional reasons.
A negative covid test is required for entry and a ‘affidavit’ is completed.
Anyone returning to the UK from France will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test and quarantine for 10 days.
Italy is banning British travelers until Friday, January 15, with a 14-day quarantine required for anyone from the UK entering.
“Until January 15, entry into Italy is only allowed for people with official residence or those with an absolute necessity, who must be declared in writing,” explained the FCDO.
“Until January 15, people wishing to fly must present the airline with a COVID-19 negative rapid antigen or molecular test carried out no later than 72 hours before entering Italy.
“You must also pass a COVID-19 rapid antigen or molecular swab test within 48 hours of entering Italy – arrivals by air from the UK will take this test at the airport.
“Regardless of the outcome of the two swab tests, those arriving in Italy from the UK must also report to their local health authorities upon arrival and self-isolate for 14 days.
A completed self-declaration from the Home Office is required to enter and arrivals should call the COVID-19 hotline in the region they are traveling to within 48 hours, to notify them of their visit.
Anyone returning to the UK from Italy will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test and quarantine for 10 days.
Germany has banned all arrivals to the UK until next Wednesday with quarantine measures in place.
“The German government has banned all commercial transport from the UK to Germany until Wednesday, January 20,” FCDO said.
“During this period, transport operators are prohibited from offering travel by air, bus, ferry and train from the UK to Germany.
A negative covid test is required, as is quarantine. “Even with a negative test, travelers will still have to self-isolate for 10 days after their arrival in Germany, with the possibility of testing and release after five days,” detailed the Foreign Office.
In addition, you must register online before traveling to Germany.
Anyone returning to the UK from Germany will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test and quarantine for 10 days.
Greece has not banned arrivals to the UK, but anyone entering from Britain must test negative for covid and be quarantined for seven days, even if the result is negative.
“British nationals are allowed to enter Greece if they are permanent residents of the UK, Greece, another EU / EFA state or one of the following countries: Australia, Japan, New Zealand , Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UAE, ”said CTF.
“If you are a British national who resides in another country not mentioned above, you will likely be refused entry to Greece due to measures put in place by Greek authorities to combat the spread of COVID-19. ”
A negative covid test is required for entry and a completed Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
“Additionally, arrivals to Greece from the UK by air must undergo a prompt COVID-19 test on arrival, and if the result is negative, self-isolate for seven days,” the FCDO said.
“At the end of your seven-day self-isolation period, travelers should schedule and undergo a new PCR test in order to be able to come out of self-isolation. If you are staying for a shorter period, you will need to self-isolate until the day you leave.
“If your test is positive when you arrive in Greece, you will need to self-isolate for at least 14 days, or until local authorities notify you. ”
Anyone returning to the UK from Greece will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. They should be quarantined for 10 days unless they return from the exempt Greek islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete.