Holidays 2020: FCO advice on Spain, France, Portugal, Greece & Italy travel

Holidays 2020: FCO advice on Spain, France, Portugal, Greece & Italy travel

Many Britons are beginning to think about their summer plans as lockdown begins to ease. While many people are looking at UK holidays, popular European destinations such as Spain and Portugal are still high on the most Britons’ lists. For those looking for a short break over the summer, each European country has a different set of rules and restrictions in place.

If anyone is caught breaking the rules, they could face a fine of £1,000.

To provide peace of mind for keen travellers, here’s the latest travel advice from the FCO for Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Portugal.


If you fly to Portugal, you will have to undergo a health screening when you arrive there which includes temperature checks.

If your temperature is high or you seem unwell, you will be referred to the health authorities.

The island of Madeira has more stringent rules whereby anyone arriving will be subject to a health screening as well as 14 days in quarantine.

The Azores are requesting proof of a negative coronavirus test carried out in the last 72 hours if you are staying there for more than seven days.

You will then have to take another test six days after the first test.

If you don’t have time to get a coronavirus test before you leave the UK, you can always get a test on arrival.

But then you will have to wait for the results in a 48-hour voluntary quarantine.

The test will have to be taken again after six days.

Libson has been forced to bring back lockdown measures in some suburban districts in response to a recent surge of cases.

Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, shops must close by 8pm and restaurants must stop serving drinks by the same hour.

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Spain’s ended its state of emergency on Sunday which means that their borders are now open to the EU and Schengen-area countries, including the UK but not Portugal.

UK arrivals will not have to isolate for 14 days on arrival into the country but will have to undergo some health tests.

A temperature check, a visual health assessment and details on exposure to the coronavirus will all be requested.

Britons will also need to provide the Spanish authorities with contact details.


UK arrivals are being asked to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in France.

However, Britons will no longer have to prove whether their travel is essential.

The FCO website reads: “From 15 June 2020, travellers arriving in France from the UK and wider European Area (EU, Andorra, Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland) are no longer required to demonstrate their travel is essential or hold an international travel certificate.”

Anyone showing signs of coronavirus on arrival in France will have to undergo quarantine for 14 days.


Most people arriving in Italy won’t have to self-isolate or provide details to the authorities.

However, if you are arriving from outside the EU, from the UK or some other countries, you will need to isolate.

This is also required from anyone who has spent less than 14 consecutive days physically located in their country of departure.

All travellers arriving in Italy have to avoid public transport so must be arrange to be collected from the airport via taxi or car.


Greece has introduced testing and self-isolation measures for any new arrivals into the country.

Anyone arriving into Greece from an airport listed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has to undergo testing and self-isolation.

The British airports on the list include Stansted, Gatwick, Heathrow, East Midlands, and Luton are included on the list, along with Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, London City, Manchester Airport, Newcastle International, Doncaster Sheffield and Glasgow.

If anyone on your flight happens to test positive for COVID-19, you may be asked to quarantine further.

Published at Tue, 23 Jun 2020 09:37:00 +0000