Foreign Office travel advice for Mallorca, Lanzarote, Crete & Spanish and Greek islands

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Spain and Greece are home to some beautiful islands. Sadly many are now out of bounds for Britons due to quarantine restrictions – but which are they? It can be hard to keep up with what is and isn’t on the travel corridor list, especially with the differing rules within Greece.

This is the latest Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) office for Spanish and Greek islands.


Spain has the least confusing travel advice of the two as Britons are advised against travelling to the entire country.

This includes the Balearic and Canary Islands.

These are home to holiday hotspots Ibiza, Mallorca, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and more.

“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,” said the FCDO.

Britons heading to Spain and its islands will be subject to the 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

Once in Spain, it’s important to be aware of local rules in place.

“The use of face coverings is mandatory for anyone over the age of six years old on all forms of public transport in Spain and in many other indoor and outdoor public spaces,” stated the FCDO.

“Specific rules on the use of face masks may vary from one region to the next, you should refer to local authorities for advice. You should carry a face mask with you and be prepared to wear it throughout your stay.”


Travel rules are rather more complicated for Greece as it depends where in Greece you are travelling and where in the UK you are travelling back to.

Unfortunately, popular holiday islands Crete, Mykonos, Santorini and Zakynthos are off the table.

“The FCDO advise against all but essential travel to the islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante). This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks,” explained the FCDO.

“The rest of Greece remains exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel.

“If you are returning to England or Northern Ireland from Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante) on or after September 9, you will need to self-isolate on your return.

“If you are returning to Wales from the islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos you are required to self isolate for 14 days.

“If you are returning to Scotland from Greece, you will need to self-isolate on your return.”

Entry restrictions are also in place in Greece.

“You will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel,” said the FCDO.

“Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a 500 Euro fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country.”

Greece also has strict rules on face masks – coverings are mandatory on all public transport within Greece, at airports and on aeroplanes and in all public indoor spaces.

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