Jet2, Ryanair, easyJet, TUI and BA last: Advice from foreign offices for Greece, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy
New travel advice was issued by the UK Foreign Office for popular destinations after changes to the government’s travel system went into effect on Monday (October 4).
The previous setup involving Green, Amber, and Red Lists has been dropped with locations now classified as Red Listed or not.
The new rules are designed to make travel to the UK “easier and cheaper” and come amid reports that the number of countries on the red list will be reduced to nine from 54 later in the week.
READ MORE: Countries on the red list could be reduced from 54 to nine this week
Destinations such as Brazil, Mexico and South Africa are expected to open up to non-quarantine travel.
Fully vaccinated – and unvaccinated residents under the age of 18 – from over 50 countries and territories can now enter the UK without needing to take a pre-departure lateral flow test, take a PCR test after the arrival on the eighth day costing around £ 65, or to spend themselves -Isolate at home, with a single post-arrival test two days after arrival.
Children under 11 were already exempt from pre-departure tests.
Those arriving from a red tier destination will still be required to spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel priced at £ 2,285 for solo travelers.
The relaxation of quarantine and testing regulations – announced last month – has been welcomed by the travel industry.
Airlines and tour operators, including Jet2, Ryanair, easyJet, TUI and British Airways, have been hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic and have accused the government of being too slow to relax and simplify the rules for international travel.
Here are the latest Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidelines and entry requirements for Greece, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy:
If you are traveling from the UK to Greece, you must complete a passenger locator form prior to arrival.
You will also need to provide one of the following before traveling: proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an authorized laboratory, proof of be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have proof of recovery from COVID-19.
Greece will accept UK proof of recovery and COVID-19 vaccination.
You can find out more about the entry requirements to Greece here.
According to the Foreign Office, the Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK to present a pre-travel declaration form and one of the following: a negative COVID-19 test; or proof of vaccination.
It is also important that all travelers follow the advice and restrictions of local authorities to control the spread of the coronavirus.
You can read a more detailed explanation of the entry requirements to Spain here.
You can travel to Portugal for any purpose from the EU / EEA or from the UK.
NHS COVID Pass holders, who also do not have an EU digital COVID certificate, must pass a COVID-19 test to enter Portugal.
This may be an antigen test performed within 48 hours of departure or an RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure.
You should not use the NHS testing service to take a test to facilitate your travel to another country.
You must also complete an online passenger locator card in order to enter Portugal.
If you have a digital COVID vaccination certificate from the EU showing that you have been fully vaccinated with an EU approved COVID-19 vaccine or if you have a COVID recovery certificate from the EU, you are not required to take a COVID-19 test to participate.
However, you must be prepared to show a digital or hard copy of your COVID vaccination or recovery certificate when checking in for your flight and you must complete a passenger locator card online.
The UK is currently on the French Amber List and entry requirements are different depending on whether the traveler is fully vaccinated or not.
Travelers who are not fully vaccinated will only be allowed to enter France for essential reasons and must present the following: an international travel certificate, a completed “sworn statement” and a negative PCR or antigen test performed within 24 hours of departure.
These travelers must self-isolate for 7 days after arrival and have another PCR test after this period of self-isolation.
Fully vaccinated travelers do not need a primary reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate upon arrival.
And you only need to provide the following documents, a completed “sworn statement” and proof of vaccination status, if you are fully vaccinated.
You can find out more in detail here.
You can enter Italy with proof of COVID-19 recovery or the UK vaccination record, which is equivalent to a green pass.
If you are doubly jabbed, you do not need to isolate yourself but you must complete the Passenger Locator Form (EU PLF) before entering Italy.
This will give you a QR code to show your tour operator and border police.
You must also present proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, carried out within 48 hours before entering Italy.
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