England is great…but there’s nothing quite like getting on holiday.
Unfortunately, travel restrictions mean that could still be a bit tricky when heading to many destinations.
But it’s still worth keeping up-to-date with the latest Foreign Office travel advice, as it is changing pretty often at the moment.
Portugal, for example, is no longer on the green list – it was put on the amber list as of Tuesday, June 8.
But what about Greece, Spain, and the islands?
Here is everything you need to know if you’re thinking of heading there…
This information is up-to-date as of Wednesday, June 9.
Amber list countries
Greece (including its islands) and Spain (including the Balearics and Canary Islands) are currently on the amber list.
This means islands such as Corfu, Kos, Majorca, Ibiza and Tenerife are all on the amber list too.
“You should not travel to amber list countries or territories,” according to the rules listed on Gov UK.
But the current advice does get quite complex…
Travel advice for Spain from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) on the Gov UK 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 down to Greece, the FCDO advises against “all but essential travel to Greece, except for the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete.”
To be sure of the rules for the specific location you are considering going to, it is worth getting in touch with an official travel agent beforehand.
What are the rules when I get to Greece?
According to the Gov UK website, UK residents are currently permitted to enter Greece.
But you will be required to provide either proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece, or proof of two Covid-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel.
Travellers with proof of either are exempted from the need to self-isolate on arrival to Greece.
But arrivals into Greece may be required to undergo a rapid Covid-19 test on arrival.
And if you test positive, you, the people you are travelling with, and potentially other people on your flight will have to self-isolate in quarantine hotels provided by the Greek state for at least 10 days.
The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.
What are the rules when I get to Spain?
On Monday, June 7, new health requirements to enter Spain came into effect.
So, according to the Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare website, all passengers arriving in Spain by air or sea must undergo a “health control” at the first point of entry.
This will include “at least” a temperature check, a document check and a visual check on their condition.
You will also have to complete a health form before your trip, which can be found online. This must be presented when boarding and on 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 ‘recovery certificate’ – to show it has been over 11 days since you first tested positive for Covid.
The UK is not currently on the list, but this will change every seven days, so the current list is only valid until June 20.
Fully vaccinated passengers will not need a test, but may still be tested on arrival. Un-vaccinated passengers will be tested.
Children under six years of age are exempt from presenting the certificates, but they must have the QR code obtained after completing the health form.
Quarantine on return from Spain or Greece
If you do go to any amber list countries, there are some strict rules you will have to follow on your return to England.
Before you arrive back in England from amber list countries you must take a Covid-19 test, book and pay for Covid-19 travel tests (to be taken after arrival in England) and complete a passenger locator form.
When you get back to England, you will have to quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days. You will also have to take a Covid-19 test on or before day two and on or after day eight.
Advice could also change while you abroad. So, Spain or Greece could move to the red list, and if there is a sudden change in conditions, they may be moved between lists “without warning” according to Gov UK.
Remember to keep up-to-date with travel advice on the official government websites, as it continues to constantly change due to Covid.
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