Across Europe, rules are tightening to slow the spread of coronavirus as vaccines are rolled out.
Many of these rules ban travellers from certain nations or put in place strict entry requirements.
Though many Britons may be dreaming of flying off on holiday to Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Portugal, travel to these destinations is off the cards for the majority amid the national lockdown.
However, some travel is permitted for “essential reasons”.
What is the latest Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice for Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Portugal?
The FCDO is currently advising against all non-essential travel to “Spain, including the Balearic Islands but excluding the Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risk.”
Furthermore, on December 22, 2020, Spain introduced travel restrictions on passengers arriving from the UK by air and sea.
These measures have since been exit did until March 2, 2021.Only Spanish nationals and those legally resident in Spain are permitted to enter the country.
However, UK travellers who need to transit through Spain are permitted as long as they can provide evidence of “a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain”.
The FCDO advises: “If you are resident in Spain, you should carry your residence document (the green paper EU residence certificate or the new TIE), as well as your valid passport when you travel.
“The Spanish authorities have not confirmed whether other documents are being accepted as sufficient proof of residence to enable entry to Spain.
“We strongly advise that you contact your airline before travelling to confirm your proof of residency meets the requirements of your airline.”
Those entering Spain must also fill out a “Health Control Form” 48 hours prior to arrival.
This includes contact information, details of known history of exposure to COVID-19 and confirmation of a negative PCR, TMA or LAMP test.
Travellers arriving from Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, into the UK must self-isolate for 10 days.
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