The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has made some major changes to its travel pages, with updated information for some of the nation’s favourite summer holiday destinations. The changes include Spain, Italy, Greece, and Turkey, along with many other global hotspots.
Since March 17, 2020, the FCO has been advising Britons “against all but essential international travel”. This was recently updated to note that the advice is “under constant review”.
However, a new editorial change to the advice shows a changing stance for those abroad.
In an editorial amendment, the FCO has removed its advice urging Britons to return home.
The government has been working hard to repatriate Britons from around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic, as countries closed borders and put in place stringent lockdown rules.
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Now, with many destinations welcoming back travel – including Spain, France and Turkey – Britons abroad are no longer being pushed to come home immediately.
Instead, the FCO has provided new information on entry requirements for each country, as well as frequent new additions regarding the ever-changing lockdowns across the world.
In Spain, for example, travellers are now advised that they will no longer be required to self-isolate upon entry but must meet three requirements.
The FCO explains: “On arrival, travellers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate. However, they will be subject to the following three requirements: provide contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19; temperature check [and] undergo a visual health assessment.”
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Meanwhile, Britons only need to isolate in Italy if they have travelled outside of the UK in the 14 days prior to arriving in Italy, or are arriving from a country for which there are still self-isolation requirements.
Turkey reopened its borders to international tourists, including Britons, on June 12.
“Passengers are required to wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey,” states the FCO.
“Passengers are required to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey, details of which will be provided by the operating airline.”
Arrivals into Turkey will also be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks.
However, Greece continues to ban Britons from entering its borders.
This is due to a lack of satisfaction with the current coronavirus figures in the UK.
Britons are due to be welcomed back on July 15.
Though it has not yet been specified, UK holidaymakers may have to follow the current regulations being set out for arrivals coming from other European countries.
The FCO explains: “You must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before your arrival in Greece. The form is online, in English. Once you have completed the form, you will receive a QR code (which you can display either on your mobile phone or on a printed piece of paper). You will need to show this code to the Greek authorities on your arrival in Greece.
“When you arrive in Greece, the Greek authorities will scan the QR code generated when you completed the PLF form and may direct you for health screening (including testing for coronavirus).”
Other countries where the “return to the UK” notice has been removed include Canada, Germany, Finland and Australia.
The advice remains in place for France and the USA.
The FCO is also urging Britons to purchase all-encompassing travel insurance when jetting off abroad.
It states: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover.”