Latest Foreign Office travel advice for Italy, Spain, France, Greece & Cyprus

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Holidays abroad are a rather confusing business at the moment. The travel corridor list changes on a weekly basis and even rules within the UK are regularly changing. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) keeps its travel advice updated.

These are the latest updates for some of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations.


Italy is currently exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel.

However, entry restrictions are in place. “When you arrive in Italy from the UK, you must show evidence that you tested negative for COVID within the 72 hours before your travel,” explained the FCDO.

“Do not use the NHS testing service for a test to travel to Italy. You should arrange to take a private test. Alternatively, you can get a free test on arrival at some airports, or at a testing facility in Italy shortly after you arrive.

“If you test positive in Italy, you will be required to quarantine. Your quarantine may last from 10 days to three weeks, so you should be prepared in case you test positive.”

Britons who have carried out some travelling ahead of going to Italy must also be careful.

“If you have stayed in or transited through a small number of listed countries in the 14 days before you enter Italy, you’ll also need to self-isolate for 14 days on entering Italy. If you cannot do that for any reason, you may be refused entry to Italy.”

A certain amount of admin is also required. “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,” said the FCDO.


Spain continues to remain firmly off the travel corridor list. Under current rules, anyone returning to the UK will have to quarantine for 14 days.

For those who do travel to Spain, entry restrictions are in place.

“On arrival, travellers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate,” said the FCDO.

“However, you 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.”


France is also on the quarantine list so travellers will have to self-isolate on their return.

“There has been a sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in France during recent weeks, with a significant number of French departments now at ‘heightened vulnerability,’” said the FCDO.

“In a number of areas, the French Government have brought in extra measures as a consequence. Check local guidance for more information.”

Travel to France is also subject to entry restrictions.

“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,” the FCDO explained.


Greece is rather more complicated as it depends where in the country Britons want to travel and where in the UK they are returning to.

“The FCDO continues to advise against all but essential travel to the islands of Mykonos and Crete. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks,” said the FCDO.

“Mainland Greece and all other Greek islands are exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel.

“If you are returning to England, Northern Ireland or Wales from Mykonos or Crete, or returning to Scotland from any part of Greece, you will need to self-isolate on your return.”

Admin is also required by those wishing to enter Greece.

“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 carrier not allowing you to travel, a 500 Euro fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country,” stated the FCDO.

“Every traveller, including children, must have their details included on a PLF. If you’re travelling with others outside of your household, you should all complete your own form.

“If you’re travelling together as a household, the Greek authorities ask for you to complete one form with all adults and children included. You can add additional members of your household at the top of the form before you submit.”


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

However, Britons do face entry restrictions. “As of August 1, 2020, the UK is in Cyprus’ Category B: this means that tourists are permitted to travel to Cyprus, but they need to provide a negative test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel.

“On July 31, 2020, The Republic of Cyprus government announced that COVID-test 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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