Holidays: Latest FCDO travel update for France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany & Portugual

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Holidays these days look very different to how they were before covid struck. Now, each country has its own set of rules in place as they battle to quash the deadly virus. It’s vital holidaymakers do their research thoroughly in advance of booking getaways to ensure they can definitely enter the country and what a stay there will be like.

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) regularly updates its travel advice to countries all over the world.

This is the latest FCDO advice for France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany and Portugal.


France is currently not on the travel corridor list so 14 days of quarantine will be required upon return to England.

However, from December 15, this time period can be reduced to five days if you test negative for coronavirus under the government’s new Test and Release scheme.

What’s more, France is currently in the throes of a second national lockdown. “The health situation in France remains severe,” said the FCDO.

The authority added: “Arrivals by sea and air routes will need to complete a ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight.”

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Italy is also not on the travel corridor list, so the same restrictions apply as above.

What’s more, Italy requires proof of a negative covid test taken within the 72 hours before travel (or within the 48 hours before travel from December 10).

“Alternatively, until December 10, you can get a free test on arrival at some airports, or at a testing facility in Italy shortly after you arrive,” stated the FCDO.

“You should download and complete a self-declaration from the Ministry of Interior before you travel to Italy and inform local authorities of your presence.”

Strict measures are in place in Italy, with the Italian government advising against non-essential travel. Bars and eateries are closed and only shops selling essential items are open.


Mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands come with the aforementioned quarantine rules but the Canary Islands, which are on the travel corridor list, are exempt.

Travellers to Spain will be required to present a negative PCR (swab) test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, in order to enter the country.

They will also need to fill out and sign an online Health Control Form 48 hours prior to travel.

You may have to undergo a temperature check and a visual health assessment on arrival.

Stringent anti-coronavirus measures are in place throughout the country


Greece is not on the travel corridor list but the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete are.

If you travel to Greece by air, you will need to show proof of a negative covid test taken within 72 hours of travel.

Everyone also must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel.

Non-essential travel is restricted in Greece with many further rules in place to combat the spread of COVID-19.


The FCCO continues to warn against non-essential travel to Germany, with quarantine restrictions applying to those returning to England.

There is a range of restrictions on social contact in Germany.


Similarly, mainland Portugal is absent from the travel corridor list. However, the FCDO detailed, “the autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores are on the list of countries and territories where self-isolation is not required on return to the UK.”

You must produce proof of a negative covid test if travelling to Madeira and the Azores.

Travellers to mainland Portugal will be subject to health screening. The country is currently in a ‘state of emergency’.

Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus.

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