France, Spain, Portugal, Greece & Italy – FCDO updates as quarantine-free holidays return

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Furthermore, in response to rising Covid cases in the UK, a number of countries have tightened entry requirements for British arrivals.

What is the latest Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice for popular European holiday destinations such as France, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy?

France

On Friday, the UK Government announced that the quarantine-free rule for fully vaccinated Britons would not apply to those visiting France.

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According to the Government, the decision was made due to concerns over the number of cases of the Beta variant, originally detected in South Africa, now in France.

In an update, the FCDO explains: “The amber list rules for fully UK vaccinated people do not apply to France.

“If you have been in France in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the standard amber list rules.

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“This means you must quarantine for 10 days on arrival in England and take day two and day eight COVID-19 tests.

“You will need to book these tests in advance.

“When you complete your passenger locator form you must choose ‘No / Prefer not to say’ when asked if you are exempt from the requirement to quarantine and take a day eight test.

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“This is under the section of the form titled ‘Your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status’.”

France has also put in place its own entry requirements for UK arrivals.

As the UK is currently on France’s ‘amber list’, unvaccinated Britons will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons.

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The FCDO states: “Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 7 days after arrival, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.”

However, those who are fully vaccinated are permitted to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival.

“From 18 July, fully vaccinated adults no longer need to present evidence of a negative test result before travel,” adds the FCDO.

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