Holidays 2020: Latest Foreign Office travel advice for Spain, Portugal, Greece & France

Holidays have been made much more complicated as a result of the coronavirus crisis. For many months travel was completely off the table but since the start of July jet-setting has started to resume. However, it’s not been without its complications as the UK government has changed its stance on a number of countries since, striking them off the ‘safe’ list and adding them on to the quarantine list.

So what is the latest UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice for the top holiday destinations right now?

Portugal

The Portuguese-owned islands of Madeira and the Azores are currently exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel but mainland Portugal is not.

Britons will need to self-isolate on return to the UK from Portugal, including Madeira and the Azores.

Anyone who heads to Portugal will be subject to health screening.

If travelling to Madeira, Porto Santo or the Azores, you must take a COVID-19 test before you travel or on arrival.

Spain

The FCO advises against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands following a spike in cases.

However, the government is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time.

Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.

If you are returning from Spain you will be required to self-isolate on your return to the UK for 14 days.

Those who do choose to travel will be subject to the following three requirements:

– Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours prior to travel

– Temperature check

– Undergo a visual health assessment

Greece

Greece is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel and holidaymakers will not have to quarantine on their return home.

If you travel to Greece, you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel.  

Failure to do so in advance may result in your airline not allowing you to travel, a €500 (£449) fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country.

France

France is also exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel and Britons don’t currently have to quarantine on their return.

Different rules may well apply to the overseas territories of France so do check in advance.

Turkey

Turkey is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

However, the government continues to advise against travel to certain regions in the country, notably those bordering Syria and Iraq.

Britons do not need to self-isolate when they come back.

Cyprus

Cyprus is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

Nevertheless, Britons will need to provide a negative coronavirus test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel.

The results can be in the form of an email or SMS, but the test result itself and/or appointment letter must include the date and time when the test was taken.

Children under 12 years old do not require a test in order to travel to Cyprus.

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