Updated Holiday Advice For Trips To France, Spain, Greece, Portugal And Italy

The latest UK Government travel review is expected this week with speculation increasing about any potential changes for popular holiday destinations.

The traffic light system is still in place which offers guidelines and testing regulations for anyone returning to the UK, but holidaymakers should also be aware of any restrictions for visitors to particular destinations, reports the Manchester Evening News.

It is important to be aware of any regulations applicable in a destination country and adhere to its health policy – especially for those who are not fully-vaccinated.

There is still resentment over the cost of PCR tests for UK traveller s, which are among the highest in the world. In an attempt to kickstart a drive to reduce prices applied by private providers, the cost of the NHS Test and Trace tests for international arrivals will be reduced would go down from £88 to £68.

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However, this only applies to those returning from green list countries or amber list countries if they are fully vaccinated. The cost for those who have not received both doses arriving from an amber list country has also been reduced from £170 to £136 for two sets of tests.

Here is a brief rundown on current regulations for popular holiday hotspots.

France

The country has been moved from the amber-plus list onto the regular amber list this means under-18s and fully vaccinated passengers won’t have to self-isolate for 10 days.

Upon arrival in France, travellers will have to show proof of vaccination status and complete déclaration sur l’honneur (sworn statement) certifying they are not suffering from any symptoms of coronavirus.

Spain

Spain, the Canary Islands, and the Balearic Islands are currently on the amber list- this includes Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, and Menorca.

The government is advising passengers coming back from Spain to use a PCR test instead of a lateral flow test before their return trip .

A Covid test is required three days before returning from Spain, and a PCR test two days after arriving which will be up to travellers to arrange

Portugal

Portugal and the Azores are currently on the amber list of countries.

However, Madeira, an autonomous island region of Portugal, is on the green list so people arriving from the region will not have to self-isolate or be subject to the same rules as the other regions in Portugal.

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Italy

Italy is currently on the amber list of countries.

Greece

Greece, including the Greek islands, is currently on the amber list.

Rules for Amber list countries

The vast majority of countries are still currently on the government’s amber list.

Anyone currently returning from an amber list country must take a Covid test in the three days before they travel to England, book and pay for Covid tests to be taken after arrival in England, and complete a passenger locator form to say where they have travelled.

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