Latest government travel tips for vacation destinations including France, Portugal and Malta – .

Latest government travel tips for vacation destinations including France, Portugal and Malta – .

With just seven countries remaining on the UK’s red list and the mid-October session fast approaching, UK holidaymakers are eager to go abroad.
With changes simplifying the travel system and removing the need to take a pre-departure test before returning to England for fully vaccinated travelers, visiting other countries has become much easier since the start of the pandemic.

The government also plans to make testing easier for fully vaccinated travelers by replacing the second-day PCR test with lateral flow.

But it’s worth noting that many destinations have their own covid rules and restrictions, which you should be aware of before booking your trip.

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This is the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on travel to Britons’ favorite holiday destinations at the time of publication.


Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

British holidaymakers arriving in Spain must present a pre-travel declaration form and one of the following upon entry: a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

In some areas of Spain, regardless of your country of origin, tourist accommodation providers may require that you present proof of either a negative test or full vaccination or a Covid 19 recipient during the last six months.

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 declaring any known history of exposure to the coronavirus.

Upon arrival at Spanish ports and airports, travelers may be subject to one of the following conditions: show the QR code of the completed health check form, undergo a temperature check or undergo a visual health examination.

All passengers over 12 years old must be prepared to show proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or proof of a full vaccination.

Anyone showing symptoms on arrival will need to be tested.

Spain accepts the NHS Covid Pass.

In Spain, face coverings must be worn in indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor places in Spain, and in all forms of public transport. A social distancing of 1.5m must be respected. Local restrictions are in place in different regions.


Brits traveling to Malta must provide full proof of vaccination – Malta accepts the NHS Covid pass.

All passengers must complete a Public Health Travel Declaration Form and Passenger Tracking Form online and must report for departure and arrival.

Arrivals to Malta will be temperature checked and a Covid swab will be requested if there is an increase in temperature.

Face coverings are mandatory in indoor and outdoor public places, but are no longer required on beaches.

Groups in public places are limited to six people unless they belong to the same household.

Social distancing of 2m is encouraged and tables are limited to six people in cafes and restaurants.


Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Currently, the UK is on France’s orange list. If you are not vaccinated – or not fully vaccinated – you are only allowed to visit France from an Amber List country for one essential reason.

Travelers who are not double-bitten will also be required to present an international travel certificate confirming the reason for their trip and complete a ‘affidavit’ stating that they have no symptoms or come in contact with confirmed cases. .

Persons aged 12 and over must show proof of a negative test (PCR or antigen) carried out within 24 hours of departure.

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 7 days after arrival and then have another PCR test after this period of self-isolation.

Fully vaccinated tourists do not need a primary reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate upon arrival. Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to present a “sworn statement” and proof of their vaccination status.

In France, face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces, and although they are no longer required in all outdoor public spaces, there are a few exceptions, including gatherings, queues, markets and the stages. Anyone aged 11 and over must wear masks on public transport.

Proof of your Covid status – a “health pass” may be required to use certain transportation, attend cultural events and spaces, and visit recreational and hospitality venues.


Travelers who have an NHS Covid Pass or an EU Covid Digital Vaccination Certificate, or an EU Covid Recovery Certificate do not need to take a coronavirus test to enter Portugal. However, you will need to complete a passenger locator card online.

Tourists who do not have any of the above will need to take an antigen test within 48 hours of departure, or a PCR test within 72 hours, and complete a passenger locator card.

Upon arrival, you may be subjected to temperature checks or a Covid test if you show signs of discomfort or if your temperature is rising.

Arrivals to the UK may be asked to show their negative coronavirus test result or proof of vaccination at border control.

Those traveling to Madeira or Porto Santo aged 11 or over must complete and submit a travel questionnaire, show vaccination certificate (either NHS Covid 19 or EU Covid 19 digital certificate), obtain recovery certificate Covid-19 or pass a PCR test 72 hours before departure.

Arrivals to Madeira and Porto Santo will be asked to present a vaccination record or a recovery certificate and / or a negative PCR test certificate. You will also undergo a health examination.

Social distancing of 1.5m remains in place in Portugal and face masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Hotels, restaurants, bars and shops may have their own security measures that must be followed.

An EU digital Covid certificate is required to attend major cultural and sporting events, and to enter bars and nightclubs – if you don’t have an EU certificate, you may need to present a negative Covid test result.


Acropolis, Athens, Greece

UK travelers must complete a passenger tracing form before arriving in Greece and must provide one of the following: proof of negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival, proof of flow test lateral negative within 48 hours or proof of a covid19 vaccination.

Greece is also accepting proof of recovery from Covid 19 with proof of a positive PCR test performed between 30 and 180 days after travel dates.

Greece accepts the NHS Covid pass.

Arrivals to Greece may be required to pass a lateral flow test, and so positive travelers will have to self-isolate in quarantine hotels provided by the Greek state.

In Greece, face coverings are worn in all indoor public and communal spaces. Tables are limited to 10 people outside and indoor locations require proof of vaccination or Covid recovery.


The UK is currently in the Cyprus red category.

Britons traveling to Cyprus who are fully vaccinated do not need to take a PCR test before and upon arrival, but are still required to obtain a Cyprus flight pass.

Persons without proof of double vaccination must undergo a PCR test within 72 hours before departure. A second PCR test must be taken on arrival at Larnaca or Paphos airports, both tests are paid for by the passenger.

Cyprus accepts the NHS Covid Vaccine certificate, but will not accept UK proof of recovery from Covid-19.

Face coverings are mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces and a SafePass is required to enter certain areas such as shopping malls and sports facilities. This can be achieved with proof of full vaccination or regular PCR testing.


Lagoon Beach, Olu Deniz, Turkey
Lagoon Beach, Olu Deniz, Turkey

Vacationers must complete an online form to enter Turkey within 72 hours of travel.

All arrivals aged 12 and over must have proof of one of the following: a full coronavirus vaccination, recent recovery from Covid 19, a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, or a test rapid antigen within 48 hours of arrival.

Turkey accepts the NHS Covid pass.

All passengers arriving in Turkey undergo a medical assessment for symptoms of the coronavirus, including temperature checks and random PCR tests. A passenger tracking form must also be completed.

Turkey is divided into four levels of Covid-19 risk. Face masks are mandatory outside the home nationwide, including in all public places, parks and gardens.


Currently, British nationals cannot enter the United States if they have been in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil or China within the previous 14 days.

The ban prohibits anyone from entering the United States from the United Kingdom unless they are a United States citizen, a green card holder, have a United States spouse or a representative of the United Kingdom government.

Passengers eligible to enter the United States and fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine must take a viral test within 3-5 days of arrival.

Those who are not vaccinated should also be tested and quarantined for 7 days after travel.

Further details on when British nationals will be allowed to travel to America have yet to be released, although the United States is expected to open to Britons in November.

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