Foreign Office updates travel advice for Portugal, Spain and more

Holidaymakers have boarded the first flights to Portugal as travel restrictions were eased for people in England and Wales on Monday.

The first day of leisure travel to a handful of Government-approved countries has seen many people jetting off on beach holidays, as passengers were finally allowed to fly after facing months of cancellations due to coronavirus.

Travel firms have reported a surge in demand for trips to Portugal, after the Government put the country on its green list for travel meaning people travelling from England and Wales will not need to self-isolate on their return, and are only required to take one post-arrival test.

Only a dozen countries and territories are on the green list but most are either remote islands or do not currently allow UK tourists to enter.

Popular holiday destinations such as Spain, France, Italy and Greece are on the ‘amber list’.

Here’s the latest Foreign Office travel advice for Portugal, Spain, France, Greece and more.


The Portuguese government announced on May 14 that non-essential travel can resume from the UK from May 17.

Nonetheless, entry restrictions and requirements will continue to apply for travel to Portugal.

Entry to Portugal includes the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores.

All passengers, excluding children up to the age of two, travelling to or through Portugal in transit, must show a negative RT-PCR test result for SARS/COVID-19 at the time of boarding.

Empty sunshades wait for customers at Gale beach in Albufeira, in Portugal’s southern Algarve region

The test must have been taken within 72 hours of departure.

Your airline is likely to deny boarding if you cannot provide this at check-in.

All passengers travelling to Portugal will be subject to health screening on arrival.

If your temperature is 38C or over or you show signs of being unwell, you may be required to take a further RT-PCR COVID-19 test and remain at the airport until you receive your test result.


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.

Entry restrictions and testing requirements continue to apply for travel to Spain.

Only citizens and legal residents of the European Union, Schengen states, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican (Holy See); and San Marino, and those who can demonstrate through documentary evidence an essential need to enter Spain, will be granted passage under current travel restrictions.


The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of France based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Arrivals from the UK do not need to justify an essential reason to enter France.

This applies to all air, car, ferry and train passengers.

All other measures, detailed below, are in place for those travelling from the UK.

The French government strongly advises limiting international travel to a minimum.

All travellers from the UK, including children aged 11 and above, will need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure.

Passengers arriving in France from the UK will also be required to self-isolate for seven days on arrival, before taking another PCR test.


The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to Greece, except for the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

UK nationals are permitted to enter Greece if they are a permanent resident in the UK, Greece, another EU/EFA state, or in one of the following countries; Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Russian Federation, United States, Serbia and Israel.

Anyone travelling to Greece must comply with the Greek authorities’ requirements, including testing before travel and completion of a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before you travel (both into and out of Greece).

UAE (Dubai)

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of the United Arab Emirates based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in.

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Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.

Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.


The FCDO advise against all travel to areas within 10 km of the border with Syria, except the city of Kilis.

The FCDO advise against all but essential travel to all other areas of Sirnak, Kilis (including Kilis city) and Hatay provinces, the provinces of Diyarbakir, Tunceli and Hakkari and the whole of Turkey based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

From 4am on May 12, all direct flights from Turkey to England were prohibited.

Comments: 6

  1. Orbitur Valado

    Located about 2 kilometres from the fishing village of Nazaré you stay in a beautiful shady pine forest at Camping Orbitur Valado. This simple campsite on the west coast of Portugal offers you peace and relaxation and thanks to the basic facilities, it is a great place to stay if you do not like too much fuss.

    Enjoy nature in peace and quiet and look for the excitement if you feel like it!

    Excellent basic facilities Camping Orbitur Valado is a quiet campsite where you can enjoy a well-deserved holiday in the middle of a pine forest. There is a swimming pool which is great for a refreshing swim and where you can finally start that exciting book on a sun bed. For the little ones there is a playground and the older children can play table tennis. You can get a snack and a drink at the snack bar and it is possible to pick up meals that you can eat together on your own terrace.

    Out on the Portuguese west coast The super cosy fishing village of Nazaré is 2 km from the campsite. In addition to having great waves for surfing, you eat the freshest fish that you can imagine. From the boat to your plate! On the boulevard they like to lure you in, but what is much better is to dive into such a narrow alley and choose a small restaurant. Finger-licking good at! Beautiful Lisbon is an hour and a half's drive away, but definitely worth the visit. The atmosphere in this city is very pleasant and the locals very friendly. Famous places are the castle of Sao Forge and the Torre de Belém, but also taste the sweet and savoury pastries. The Portuguese love it! A little closer to the campsite you can walk into the historic centre of Peniche. Visit the fort from the 16th / 17th century or one of the beautiful churches.

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  2. Domaine de la Sainte Baume

    If you want to escape and unwind in the lap of nature, you’ll be delighted when you book a stay at Camping Domaine de la Sainte Baume. This spacious and serene site can be found enveloped by a lush green forest in Nans-les-Pins in the stunning Côte d'Azur & Provence.

    The pool complex features four pools including a mini water park with slides and aquatic play park. A relaxing bubble bath sits in the heart of the complex from where you can cool off and enjoy the ambience. There is a spacious area around the pool with loungers for some sun bathing.

    Active holidaymakers can make their way to the sporting facilities where they can play some football, basketball, petanque, tennis or table tennis. Challenge the rest of your family to a game mini golf or saddle up and enjoyed an organised horse-riding trip. If that’s not enough adventure for the kids, they’ll be overjoyed to know that the site run Children’s Club host a fantastic programme of activities, competitions, parties and shows.

    The varied menu at the onsite restaurant means you could eat here every day and try something new each time. You can also enjoy a slice of margherita at the pizzeria, or fast food from the takeaway. And what would a holiday in France be without starting your day with some fresh baguettes or croissants?

    Nestled under the comforting shade of lush pine trees, our emplacements provide a wonderful natural setting. Enjoy the fresh air and rays of sunshine that break through the leaves as you unwind in one of our clean, well-equipped and spacious mobile homes.

    Around Domaine de la Sainte Baume Campsite

    Exceptional nature and amazing views await you on lovely hiking trails in the immediate vicinity of the campsite. The Sainte Baume massif is a haven for lovers of outdoor holidays, and those who walk the trail can savour wonderful panoramas of the Provencal woodland.

    Head southwest to the town of Aubagne where you can visit the interesting Museum of the Foreign Legion. From Aubagne you will good transport links to the wonderful charming fishing town of Cassis. From here you can explore the cobbled streets, marvel at a 13th century Chateau or visit the utterly astonishing beauty of the Calanque d'En-vau, a remote beach with turquoise waters.

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  3. Ohai Nazaré Outdoor Resort

    This is Portugal at its best! Spectaculair coastline, splendid beaches and beautiful cities and towns. The camping is located near the traditional fishing village of Nazaré in Leiria. You stay in a vast forest, part of a National Park. Nazaré is world famous as a breathtaking surf destination. Near the lighthouse the waves can be awesome. On the big wide sandy beach, Praia da Nazaré, the waves are normally lower. The pool on the camping is good for a swim. Excursions to the medieval town Óbidos or to Coimbra are a good possibility. Do not forget to visit the student city Fado here. And what do you think of a daytrip to Lissabon?

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  4. Borken am See

    Celebrate your holiday in the middle of nature at the Pröbstingsee on the wooded Camping Borken am See. Rest, nature, climbing, boating, cycling and horseback riding, here in Westmünsterland you can experience everything for all family members. Adventurous climbing and clambering in the outdoor center, pedal boats on the lake or participate in the entertainment program, just choose! If you want to swim extensively once, the tropical swimming pool Aquarius in Borken is nearby. The highlight for children is probably a day in Movie Park Germany or the Ketteler Hof park. And if you want to take a look in the beautiful cities in the neighborhood, you will probably have a short time this holiday...

    The tree in Do you dare to take on the challenge? For every age you will find a suitable climbing route in the woods right next to Camping Borken am See. In the outdoor center you can choose between ten different climbing routes that differ in height. For younger children there is a route at a height of 1.20 m. For daredevils there is even a route at 15 m altitude! Join the tinkering hours, mini disco, games and sports tournaments organized by the campsite during school holidays. Or jump, until you can no longer, on the inflatable. Take a round trip on the lake with a pedal boat. And if you are tired of a day out in the open air, let yourself be pampered in the camping restaurant overlooking the lake. Then you fall asleep like a log.

    Cycle along! Like to explore the surroundings of Camping Borken am See? Münsterland is a popular region just over the German border. So you are in no time at your holiday destination that really feels 'foreign'. The landscape is flat and has fantastic walking and cycling routes. A classic is the '100 Schlösser route' with all kinds of castles, castles and mansions along the way. Or spot flamingos in the Zwillbrocker Venn a swampy area where the northernmost flamingo colony of Europe resides. View city? Two recommendations. Wesel is a nice fortified town and known for its echospreck 'Who is the mayor of Wezel?'. The historic city of Münster is about an hour's drive away, which is important in Münster's peace treaty. Now it is a bustling (student) city with all kinds of events, a large selection of shops, a Picasso museum, a beautiful stately city hall and the Münster cathedral. Holiday in a completely different world at less than 2 hours from Utrecht!
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  5. Orbitur Valverde

    Camping Orbitur Valverde is an ideal location for a family holiday in the beautiful Algarve. To the west of this part of the Algarve, the nature reserve Costa Vicentina begins an eldorado for nature lovers because of the impressive wild beaches. At 1.5 km from Camping Valverde you will find the beautifully maintained beach Praia da Luz, here on the south side of Portugal the sea is more suitable for swimming than on the Costa Vicentina. For the necessary refreshment you dive into the pool and young children splash and play in their own children's pool. In the evening, surprise yourself with Portuguese dishes in the campsite restaurant or go out for a tasty pizza in the best pizzeria of the Algarve... in Pedralva! In the southwest of the Algarve you can fully understand why the Portuguese coast is so popular.

    Swimming pool and children's pool The accommodations are mainly located on the lower part of Camping Valverde. Due to the sometimes terraced plots, this gives a wide variety. The mobile homes on the higher terraces are mainly private owners. At the campsite you will find almost all the facilities that you are looking for, without it going on massively. A children's playground, a swimming pool for adults and children. The bar to enjoy a drink. The supermarket for your daily shopping. A sports field, a tennis court and children's entertainment in high season. For tough water sports such as kite surfing, catamaran sailing, water skiing and kayaking you can go to Lagos.

    Rugged coast and a rich past Visit Lagos! Here a lot of trade was driven between Portugal and Africa a long time ago and Lagos was the centre for the Portuguese voyages of discovery. The historic center is a gem! Also make a boat trip along the coast with cliffs and caves. You sometimes even see dolphins! Are you looking for beautiful hand-made leather souvenirs? Go to Portimao! Silves is a beautiful old town that is worth the trip, half an hour inland. Put on good shoes because the streets are steep. The most beautiful wild coastlines of the world? The famous beaches of Praia do Amado, Praia da Arrifana and the cliffs at Farol de Sardão are waiting to be discovered by you! Be sure to visit Sagres and the most south-western point of Europe: Cabo de São Vicente. Advice: take a vest because Cabo de São Vicente has its own microclimate with more wind and a lower temperature. That will be an interesting holiday at Camping Valverde!

    Outside the high season there is a small bar and a mini-market at the reception instead of the supermarket and the bar and restaurant. The swimming pool for adults and children is open from about mid-June to mid-October and during this period there is also a fun entertainment program.
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  6. Orbitur Sitava Milfontes

    Peace, nature, sandy beaches and spectacular coastline can be found in Alentejo.

    Equally significant day at the shore. This requires the southwest of Portugal perfect destination. And Orbitur Milfontes Nature lovers can enjoy their stay here. The wind rustles through the pine trees and the sea is nearby.

    Sun poolside there is a swimming pool at Camping Orbitur Milfontes. Surrounded by a large terrace with sunbeds and sunbathing. The little ones play in the pool. The older kids can dive into the deep end. You can go get a drink at the pool bar.

    Outdoor Every evening you can eat out, under the trees. And top camping life! In the supermarket, choose some fresh vegetables, meat and bread. The bar above the supermarket snacks are available. Do not feel like cooking? Then there is the restaurant with delicious meat and fish dishes.

    Nature camping Through the dunes you can walk from the campsite to the beach. Ten minutes later you are in the bay. The white sand between your toes. And views of the mighty waves. This part of Portugal is still undiscovered.

    Magical sunset The rocks on the Alentejo coast plunge straight into the sea. You can not miss the Cabo Sardão. At its best during sunset. The island of Ilha do Pessegueiro is just off the coast. The Village Porto Covo has many fish restaurants .. Here you can taste the authentic cuisine of Alentejo. In Milfontes, where you can enjoy the river flows.
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  7. Orbitur Costa da Caparica

    A holiday where you don't have to choose between lazing by the beach and discovering the rich culture of a beautiful city? Camping Orbitur Costa da Caparica is ideal!

    Camping Orbitur Costa da Caparica is located on the west coast of Portugal, within walking distance of the sea and only 20 km from the wonderful city of Lisbon. This way you can combine a beach holiday with a city trip. Awesome!

    Camping Orbitur Costa da Caparica You will not find a swimming pool at this campsite, because after a walk of just a few hundred meters you will be bathing in the Atlantic Ocean. Jump over the waves or take your ball and play water volleyball in the sea. Apply your sunscreen and enjoy the sunny rays on your skin! The sports enthusiasts among us are probably found on the tennis court or the multi-sports field. Or do you prefer to play a table tennis tournament?! For some small groceries, you can go to the mini market and at the restaurant, you can both sit down or pick up a meal and enjoy on your own terrace. Whatever you choose ... tasty food!

    The Portuguese west coast The campsite has the same name as the popular resort of Costa da Caparica. The beautiful sandy beach is a favourite with the Portuguese themselves and you will find nice restaurants and plenty of places to go out. The vast wide beach is divided into several beaches by dams. Which part do you like best? Praia da Morena is set against the dunes and there are a few good bars. Praia da Cabana do Pescador has hip beach bars where you regularly hear live music and you can get a massage. If that's not a holiday (!!), alternate a lazy day with a visit to Lisbon, because it’s practically around the corner. This colourful city is set against a hill so that means cute steep streets abound. Take tram 28 and be transported to the Graça and Mouraria districts and don't forget to enjoy the view from the castle of Sao Jorge. Perhaps you see Sintra in the distance, a town that seems to have jumped out of a fairy tale book. Special palaces, ancient forts and beautiful gardens. It is not for nothing it’s on the UNESCO World Heritage List!

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