Latest travel rules for European resorts, including guidance for Greek Islands

Regional travel corridors to low-risk areas are set to be introduced by the UK government following pressure from the aviation and travel industry.

Travel industry bosses have urged Mr Johnson to relax quarantine restrictions for destinations with a low Covid-19 infection rate in the coming days before the vital summer holiday season ends.

Currently, holidaymakers from many of Europe’s holiday hotspots have to go into quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that, should infection rates differ from their mainland countries, islands can be added to or removed from the quarantine list.

However, the Spanish Balearic islands – including Majorca and Ibiza – and Canary islands, such as Tenerife and Lanzarote, are still covered by quarantine rules.

New restrictions were also announced for a selection of Greek Islands to bring England partly into line with Wales, which removed six Greek islands from its quarantine-free list last week.

The Department for Transport said Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (also known as Zante) would lose their quarantine-exemptions.

These are the latest guidelines covering some of the most popular holiday destinations for UK travellers.

Spain



The UK Foreign Office is still advising against all but essential travel to the country, including resorts on the mainland, Balearic Islands and Canary Islands.

There is an increase in case numbers in the regions of Catalonia, Aragon, Pais Vasco and Navarro have reported a substantial increase in case numbers. Measures such as specific restrictions or localised lockdown may have been implemented.

Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect against Covid-19, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.

Many municipal authorities and regional governments have issued advice to visitors and residents, and have imposed controls on opening hours for bars and nightclubs and gatherings of more than 10 people.

The use of face coverings is mandatory for anyone over the age of six years old on all forms of public transport and many other indoor and outdoor public spaces.

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.

France



The FCO advises against all-but-essential travel and anyone returning to the UK from the country must self-isolate for 14 days.

Visitors to France have to complete a declaration that they are not suffering from coronavirus.

Wearing face masks in enclosed public spaces is compulsory applying to those aged 11 and over. Local authorities in an increasing number of cities and regions – including Paris – have extended this to also include outdoor public spaces.

Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in a fine.

Masks are also mandatory on all forms of public transport.

Italy



All travellers entering Italy must comply with the regulations of the region they are visiting. Public transport links may be less frequent and seating limited to comply with social distancing measures. Masks must be worn on board public services.

The following measures are currently in place:

  • social distancing of one metre must be observed
  • the use of masks remains mandatory in enclosed public spaces. Masks must also be worn in all outdoor spaces between the hours of 6pm and 6am. You should pay close attention to signage and carry a mask with you at all times.
  • restaurants, pubs, bars, shops, hairdressers, salons and beaches have been given permission to open, as have libraries. All must have measures in place to enforce social distancing
  • Dancing has been suspended, in enclosed nightclubs and open air venues
  • museums and archeological sites have been given permission to open. Entry must be prebooked online

Holidaymakers returning to the UK do not have to quarantine.

Greece



The Department for Transport said the Greek islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (also known as Zante) would lose their quarantine-exemptions for passengers returning to England.

Data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England “has indicated a significant risk to UK public health from those islands”, it added.

There is different guidance for travellers returning to Wales or Scotland.

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

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

Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers.

Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre.

Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship).

There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons.

No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).

All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.

Local restrictions are in place on Lesvos island, Mykonos island, the Halkidiki peninsula and the Chania and Heraklion regions of Crete. These include:

  • Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day.

  • A ban on gatherings of more than nine people, either indoors or outdoors;

  • A limit of four people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people;

  • Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.

Portugal



Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open.

Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing.

Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight.

Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings.

Portugal remains on the safe travel list for England but restrictions apply to holidaymakers from Scotland and Wales.

Croatia



Lockdown restrictions have largely been lifted, but Britons are advised against all-but-essential travel to the country.

It is mandatory for passengers to wear masks on public transport, taxis, shops and other commercial premises.

There have been reports of a number of coronavirus cases associated with visits to nightclubs. You should exercise caution and follow social distancing rules when attending nightclubs or other busy venues.

Cyprus



The use of masks is compulsory in most indoor public spaces including supermarkets, bakeries, shops and malls, hospitals and other locations. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a €300 fine.

In the north of Cyprus, most movement restrictions and other have now been lifted. Face masks must be worn in public at all times.

UK tourists are permitted to travel to Cyprus, but they need to provide a negative Covid-19 test result on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel.

All travellers to Cyprus must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling, available on the Cyprus Flight Pass website. You will be responsible for ensuring your PCR test result is uploaded to Cyprus Flight Pass within 24 hours of your departure.

Turkey



You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.

All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be will be required to undergo a PCR swab test.

You will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey. Details will be provided by your airline.

You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information.

The wearing of masks is obligatory throughout Turkey in crowded places and specifically in markets and supermarkets, hairdressers and barber shops.

The wearing of masks is also compulsory on all public transport and when travelling in private vehicles with more than one person.

This is the latest travel and in-resort advice available, but it can change at short notice. Please refer to the UK Government Foreign Office site before travelling for latest updates.

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