Holidays: Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Portugal – latest FCDO travel advice

Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week showed some hope for future travel, announcing the reinstatement of the Global Travel Taskforce and the potential for some travel to resume from mid-May.

This will, of course, be dependent on the state of Covid in each nation around the world, as well as their specific travel restrictions.

What is the latest Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office(FCDO) travel advice for Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Portugal?


The FCDO advises against “all but essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands but excluding the Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”

Spain has placed entry restrictions on arrivals from the UK since December, with only Spanish nationals and legal residents of Spain permitted to enter.

“If you are resident in Spain, you should carry your residence document (the green paper EU residence certificate or the new TIE), as well as your valid passport when you travel,” advised the FCDO.

“If you are not in possession of a residence document, the Spanish government has formally confirmed to the UK government that UK nationals who were legally residing in Spain before January 1 2021, and as such are beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement, can present other documents to prove their residence status when entering Spain.”

All passengers are also required to show a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrivals.

“You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country,” states the FCDO.

“You should arrange to take a private test and should confirm with the testing facility the type of tests available prior to booking an appointment.”

They must also fill out a passenger locator form.

Britons returning from Spain must self-isolate at home.

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