Latest travel advice from the UK Foreign Office for France, Spain, Italy and Portugal

Latest travel advice from the UK Foreign Office for France, Spain, Italy and Portugal

As today (April 12) marks the start of the next step in easing lockdown measures here in England, many are rushing to take advantage of their new freedoms.
Non-essential stores, gyms, outdoor hospitality, zoos and theme parks welcome all visitors today after being closed before Christmas.

As Londoners enjoy the shift to a sense of normalcy, many will think about their summer vacation abroad and the prospect of traveling abroad.

Despite these new freedoms, the current law still states that it is illegal to travel abroad for vacation and leisure.

Each country has its own rules and requirements in place for those who are exempt from travel bans and have a legitimate reason to travel.


From April 7 to April 30, entry into Italy from the UK is no longer restricted to Italian residents and those in need.

However, a number of Covid measures are still in place, such as a mandatory negative Covid test before travel which is not carried out more than 48 hours before entering the country.

Upon arrival in Italy, travelers must report to the local health authority and self-isolate for five days. At the end of the isolation period, arrivals will have to take another Covid test.


Visitors don’t need an essential purpose to travel to France
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As of March 12, the French government has eased restrictions on travelers from the UK, meaning arrivals no longer need to justify an essential reason to enter the country.

Health and safety measures remain in place, such as the requirement that all travelers over the age of 11 must test negative for Covid.

Arrivals will also need to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival, before taking another test.

All visitors to the UK will be required to complete a self-certified ‘affidavit’ (affidavit) that they do not suffer from symptoms associated with the coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases during the course. of the previous fortnight.

The health situation in France remains severe, however. A national curfew is in place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., during which a certificate (self-certified document) is required to leave the home.

Since April 3, all of mainland France has been subject to stricter restrictions, and certificates (self-certified documents) are required if you move more than 10 km from your home. Non-essential shops are closed and from April 5 travel to other regions is prohibited except in exceptional or business circumstances

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Portugal has travel restrictions in place
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Travel to Portugal is currently limited to EU / EEA nationals and their family members, as well as UK nationals and other third country / EEA nationals residing in Portugal or another EU state.

UK citizens and other non-EU citizens can also travel within the country, but they must travel for a specific essential purpose.

Those who meet these conditions to travel must provide proof of a negative Covid test passed within 72 hours of departure.

The airline may deny boarding to travelers who do not provide proof of this negative test.

Arrivals must then self-isolate for 14 days at their home in Portugal or at a location indicated by the Portuguese National Health Authority.


Spain’s popular holiday destination has health and safety measures in place
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Passenger travel from the UK to Spain is limited to EU and Schengen citizens, those legally resident in the EU or in Schengen associated states, or passengers who can demonstrate that their trip is essential.

Before traveling to Spain, all passengers traveling by air or sea must complete and sign an online health check form no later than 48 hours before travel, stating that they have no symptoms of Covid.

All passengers over six years old must have a negative test no later than 72 hours before travel.

A minimum fine of € 3,000 can be imposed on anyone who arrives in Spain without sufficient proof of a negative test.

Upon arrival, travelers may be subjected to further health measures such as temperature checks and a health assessment.

Only essential overseas travel is currently authorized by the government.

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