Holidays: Entry requirements for Britons jetting off to winter holiday hotspots – list

Holidays: Entry requirements for Britons jetting off to winter holiday hotspots – list

The travel corridor list is depleting at a rapid speed, meaning there are now fewer destinations Britons can travel to without enduring two weeks of self-isolation on their return home. However, for many, this is an agreeable trade-off for a temporary escape from the UK.

Yet, as coronavirus rates increase across the nation, many countries around the world are beginning to change their entry requirements for UK visitors.

The good news is, however, that there are some holiday hotspots which remain on the travel corridor list, giving Britons some quarantine-free options.

Here is a list of some popular winter holiday destinations and their current entry requirements for UK visitors.


Though Spain is a popular year-round destination for Britons, it was sadly axed from the UK travel corridor list in July.

This means Britons who choose to holiday in Spain must quarantine for 14 days when they return home.

Britons are not subject to a quarantine period upon arrival in Spain, though there are some entry requirements.

According to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO): “You will be subject to the following three requirements:

“Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19, 48 hours prior to travel; a temperature check; and Undergo a visual health assessment.

“Anyone who presents symptoms or fails one of the above requirements will be seen by a health professional.”

Holidaymakers must fill out and sign an online form associated with their trip before travelling. This can be accessed on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app.

“On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival,” explains the FCDO.

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Italy was removed from the travel corridor list this month, meaning Britons must now quarantine on their return home.

The good news is, Italy is not imposing such stringent rules on arrival.

Instead, Italy is testing all arrivals into the country.

The FCDO explains: “You must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result when you arrive in Italy from the UK.

“The test needs to have been in the 72 hours before you travel and should be a molecular (PCR) or an antigenic test. You’ll be asked to show proof of your test date and result at the border.

“Do not use the NHS testing service to get a test to travel to Italy. You should arrange to take a private test.

“Alternatively, you can take a free COVID-19 test at the airport when you arrive in Italy. You will have to self-isolate at your hotel or accommodation until you receive the results.

“At airports where fast testing is available, you will be able to get your results within an hour. At these airports, you won’t be allowed to leave until your results are available.”

Travellers are warned that should they produce a positive test, they will have to quarantine for up to 21 days until they can provide a negative test.

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The majority of Greece is now back on the UK travel corridor list, with the exception of Mykonos.

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

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

British nationals are allowed to enter Greece, but must comply with requirements set out by the Greek authorities.

This includes completing a passenger locator form at least 24 hours before arrival in Greece. Failure to do so in advance may result in a fine of up to €500.

Upon completion, travellers will receive an email of acknowledgement and a QR code to be scanned by authorities on arrival.

Travellers may also be subject to a coronavirus test.

Passengers are more likely to be tested if they arrive from a nation outside of the EU, including the UK.

While results are determined, holidaymakers will be asked to quarantine.

The FCDO warns: “You may be required to move to government-provided accommodation until your test result is available.

“If you’re asked to move, the costs of transfer and your new accommodation will be paid by the Greek authorities. The nature of your accommodation may differ from the specifications of your pre-booked hotel, villa or other place of stay.

“Depending on local arrangements and capacity, travellers in groups may be required to stay in separate accommodation.”

Holidaymakers will be informed by the Government if their test result comes back negative.


Mainland Portugal remains off the UK travel corridor list which means holidaymakers returning from the nation must quarantine for 14 days.

However, UK arrivals are allowed to enter Portugal for any purpose.

Travellers must fill in an online passenger locator card before arrival.

The FCDO also sets out requirements for screening on arrival.

“If you are travelling to Portugal from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia or Uruguay, you will be subject to health screening on arrival at mainland airports and ports,” it states.

“Your temperature will be checked and if it is 38ºc or over or you show signs of being unwell, you will be referred to the health authorities at the airport.

“You may be required to take a COVID-19 test and to self-isolate at your accommodation until the test results are known.”

The Portuguese islands of Madeira and The Azores, however, remain open for Britons to travel to without the need to quarantine on their return home.

The islands have their own specific entry requirements.

For visitors arriving in Madeira, a traveller questionnaire must be completed 12 to 48 hours before departure.

A COVID-19 test must also be provided with proof it was taken up to 72 hours before departure.

Before travellers arrive in the Azores, they must complete a passenger questionnaire and take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before travel.


Barbados is a popular long-haul destination for the winter months, thanks to its sunny weather this time of year.

The good news is, Britons are being welcomed back and do not need to quarantine on their return home either.

However, there are some entry requirements that must be complied with.

Travellers must complete an online immigration and customs form 24 hours prior to travel.

The FCDO explains: “Barbados designates the UK as a high-risk country. Travellers from the UK must arrive with a negative PCR test taken by a certified or accredited laboratory within 72 hours of arrival.

“On arrival, you will be required to quarantine at government-approved facilities (a designated holding hotel or approved villa at your own expense, or a government facility free of charge), and undertake a further test 4-5 days after the first accepted negative test.

“If this second test is negative you will no longer be subject to quarantine.”

Holidaymakers will also be notified if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.

If so, they will be required to quarantine.


Dubai has been growing in popularity over recent years with Britons seeking sun and sand in the chillier months.

At present, the UK Government continues to omit it from the travel corridor list.

This means Britons will face a mandatory period of quarantine on their return home.

Furthermore, the FCDO warns: “COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice, and travellers to the UAE are strongly encouraged to check the specifics, including the time frames for undertaking COVID-19 PCR tests before departure with their airline before they travel.”

Details can be found via flight operators, including British Airways, Emirates and Etihad.

“The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE,” continues the FCDO.

“The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.

“The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure.”

It adds: “Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.”

More stringent rules are in place for capital city Abu Dhabi, with tourists and visitors currently being denied entry.

Published at Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:56:47 +0000