UK Foreign Office’s latest travel tips for Spain, France, Portugal and Italy – .

UK Foreign Office’s latest travel tips for Spain, France, Portugal and Italy – .

The coronavirus pandemic has put many vacation plans on hold.
Many Londoners looking for a getaway had to book instead stays in the UK accordingly.

No longer than the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented travel tips for Spain, France, Portugal and Italy.

As of September 20, these countries have been on the UK’s orange list for overseas travel.

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Getting There

The Spanish government requires visitors to the UK to have a pre-travel declaration form and either a negative Covid test or proof of double vaccination.

Children under 12 are exempt from this obligation.

On arrival, you will need to present a document proving that you have taken a Covid test within the last 72 hours with a negative result.

Alternately, tourists can prove that they were fully vaccinated at least two weeks before arrival.

You can use an NHS Covid pass to demonstrate your Covid status, obtained through the NHS website or app.

A certificate stating that you have recovered from the Covid within the past six months is also accepted.

Every holidaymaker traveling by plane or boat, including children, must complete an online form Health check form within 48 hours before travel.

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Once there

Spain’s national state of emergency was lifted on May 9, 2021, although some restrictions are still in place.

Face masks are still mandatory for people over the age of six in public transport and confined spaces.

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Getting There

France is on the amber list.

There are different rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated arrivals.

Unvaccinated travelers to France from countries on their orange list are only allowed to travel for the essential reasons listed here.

They must also present two documents: an international travel certificate (which confirms that travel is essential) and a “sworn statement” stating that they do not show symptoms of Covid.

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After arrival, unvaccinated people should self-isolate for seven days and then take a subsequent PCR test.

From July 18, travelers arriving from the UK over the age of 12 must show a negative PCR or antigen test within the last 24 hours.

Unvaccinated visitors will need a negative PCR or antigen test result within 72 hours of departure.


Holidaymakers who have been fully vaccinated do not need an essential reason to travel to France and it is not necessary for them to isolate themselves upon arrival.

They do not need proof of a negative test before arriving, but must still sign the “affidavit” and show proof of their immunization status.

Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to test negative before leaving France.

Once there

There are no travel restrictions in France.

Face masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces and to attend events of more than 50 people you must show your Covid status.

Don’t forget that PCR and antigen tests are chargeable in France and cost € 49 and € 29 respectively.

Back to UK

The UK is on France’s orange list, so those who are not vaccinated must complete a certificate to return to the UK.

Travelers returning to the UK must also present a negative Covid test result within 72 hours of leaving France.


Portugal is on the government's orange list
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Getting There

Vacationers from the UK can come to Portugal for any reason.

Those who are fully vaccinated at least two weeks before their vacation or who have proof that they recovered from Covid 11-180 days before:

Unvaccinated visitors should follow the following protocols:

  • A private Covid test with a negative result before entering Portugal
  • List detailing the type of test performed (PCR or antigen) as well as the passenger’s name, date of birth and the time the test sample was taken and the result given
  • An online passenger locator card must also be completed

Once there

At the airport, border control may ask to see proof of a negative Covid test or vaccinations.

When travelers arrive in Portugal, they will need to undergo a health check to make sure their temperature is not around 38’C.

If the result is above this temperature, tourists may need to take a Covid test, while waiting at the airport for it to come back negative.


Italy is on the orange list for return to the UK.

Tourists seen at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Tourists seen at the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Photo by Robin Utrecht / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)

Getting There

When traveling to and from Italy, you must wear a mask.

Travelers from the UK do not need to self-isolate upon arrival, provided they complete a passenger tracing form and can either demonstrate their dual vaccinated status or present a negative PCR / antigen test performed 48 hours before.

Unvaccinated holidaymakers can still enter Italy but must self-isolate for five days.

They should also complete the following steps:

  • Fill in a passenger tracking form
  • Have a PCR or antigen test from the last 2 days that came back negative
  • Inform the prevention service of your entry into the country (this will be the local health authority)
  • After the five days of self-isolation, another PCR or antigen test should be negative

Once there

Upon arrival, masks must be worn in public and enclosed areas.

You may also be required to present a green pass.

A green pass (or Covid certificate) can be obtained if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid.

Unvaccinated people can get a green pass by testing a negative PCR or antigen test.

To find out more about these passes, visit here.

Back to UK

When you return to the UK, make sure you have carefully checked the individual rules for each country. You can visit the government website to see the UK entry rules.

You will need to organize a Covid test once you return to UK soil.

For more information visit the website of the foreigners’ office.

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