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Holidays: France, Italy, Spain, Greece & Portugal – FCDO advice as restrictions tighten


The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issues up-to-date advice for Britons abroad.

What are the latest updates for popular European holiday destinations such as France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal?


The FCDO is currently advising against all but “essential” travel to France.

On March 11, France made the decision to lift its travel restrictions on UK arrivals which had been in place since December 2020.

From March 12, those arriving from the UK no longer need to justify an “essential reason to enter France”.

However, there are still some strict entry requirements in place.

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

“Arrivals will also be required to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival, before taking another PCR test.

“Arrivals from the UK will need to complete a ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight.

“Arrivals from the UK who have visited non-European countries within the last 14 days remain subject to the requirement to evidence a compelling reason.”

Despite the changes to entry rules, France still has some tough coronavirus restrictions in place within the country.

“A national curfew is in place from 7pm to 6am. Exemptions from the curfew are very limited and only apply for those with medical needs, caring responsibilities or working in roles which cannot be done from home,” states the FCDO.

Some areas are also subject to additional restrictions “in response to a rise in cases”.

Tougher rules are in place in Paris, Calais, Dunkirk, Lille, Nice, and Lyon.

Travel between regions is banned, except for professional or “exceptional” purposes.

Arrivals returning to the UK from France must self-isolate for 10 days.

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