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Spain, Italy, Germany and France: Latest UK Foreign Office advice for travel

Though holidays have been on hold for some time, the end of the current lockdown on December 2 and the reintroduction of the tier system means that some Britons may be eyeing travel once again. Whether it is to visit family over the Christmas holidays, or for essential reasons such as work-related commitments, many travellers may be destined for Europe.


Spain is a much-loved year-round holiday destination, however, currently the FCDO is advising against “all but essential travel” to the sunshine hotspot.

According to the FCDO: “The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands but excluding the Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”

Currently, there is a travel corridor set up between the Canary Islands meaning Britons returning from Spain no longer need to self-isolate.

However, the nation has recently implemented new entry requirements.

“On arrival, travellers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate. However, from 23 November, all passengers (including children) travelling to Spanish airports and ports from ‘risk’ countries, as determined by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control will be required to present a negative PCR test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, in order to enter the country,” explains the FCDO.

“The UK is currently on the ‘risk’ countries list and passengers arriving from the UK are therefore subject to this requirement.”

Travellers are warned not to use the NHS testing service to obtain a test in order to facilitate travel to another country. Private tests are recommended.

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