England is great … but there is nothing quite like going on vacation.
Unfortunately, travel restrictions mean it could still be a bit tricky as you head to many destinations.
But it’s always worth keeping up to date with the latest Foreign Office travel tips, as they change quite often right now.
Portugal, for example, is no longer on the green list – it has been placed on the orange list since Tuesday, June 8.
But what about Greece, Spain and the islands?
Here’s everything you need to know if you’re planning to make it there …
This information is up to date as of Wednesday 9 June.
Orange List Countries
Greece (including its islands) and Spain (including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands) are currently on the Amber List.
This means that islands such as Corfu, Kos, Mallorca, Ibiza and Tenerife are also on the amber list.
“You should not travel to Orange List countries or territories,” according to the rules listed on Gov UK.
But current advice is getting quite complex …
Travel advice for Spain from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) on the UK government website says: “We continue to advise against all but essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands, but excluding the Canary Islands.”
And when it comes to Greece, the FCDO advises against “any trip except essential in Greece, with the exception of the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete”.
To be sure of the rules applicable to where you plan to go, it is worth contacting an official travel agent first.
What are the rules when I arrive in Greece?
According to UK Government website, UK residents are currently allowed to enter Greece.
But you will need to provide either proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test, carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Greece, or proof of two Covid-19 vaccinations carried out at least 14 days before travel.
Travelers with proof of either are exempt from the need to self-isolate upon arrival in Greece.
But arrivals in Greece may be required to undergo a prompt Covid-19 test upon arrival.
And if your test is positive, you, the people you are traveling with and potentially others on your flight will need to self-isolate in quarantine hotels provided by the Greek state for at least 10 days.
Accommodation costs in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.
What are the rules when I arrive in Spain?
On Monday June 7, new health requirements to enter Spain came into force.
So according to the website of the Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Protection, all passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea must undergo a “health check” at the first point of entry.
This will include “at least” a temperature check, a document check and a visual check of their condition.
You will also need to complete a health form before your trip, which can be viewed online. This must be presented upon boarding and upon arrival in Spain.
All passengers arriving in Spain from a country deemed at risk by the Spanish government must have a vaccination certificate, negative test result or ‘certificate of recovery’ – to show that it has been more than 11 days since you have tested positive for the first time for Covid.
The UK is not currently on the list, but that will change every seven days, so the current list is only valid until June 20.
Fully vaccinated passengers will not need a test, but can still be tested on arrival. Unvaccinated passengers will be tested.
Children under the age of six are exempted from presenting the certificates, but they must be provided with the QR code obtained after completing the health form.
Quarantine on return from Spain or Greece
If you are traveling to one of the Orange List countries, there are strict rules you will need to follow when you return to England.
Before returning to England from Orange List countries, you must take a Covid-19 test, book and pay for the Covid-19 travel tests (to be taken after you arrive in England), and complete a passenger locator form. .
When you return to England, you will need to quarantine yourself at home or where you are staying for 10 days. You will also need to take a Covid-19 test no later than the second day and on or after the eighth day.
Advice may also change while you are abroad. Thus, Spain or Greece could go on the red list, and if there is a sudden change in the conditions, they can be moved between the lists “without warning” according to Govt United Kingdom.
Remember to keep up to date with official government websites for travel advice as they keep changing constantly due to Covid.
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