With the vaccine rolling out and the UK beginning to ease lockdown measures, holidays abroad are on many people’s minds.
With international travel restrictions continuing, the ability to vacation abroad at any time seems slim.
Under current restrictions related to Covid-19, people in England must stay at home and it is illegal to travel abroad for holidays or leisure.
The rules prohibiting unnecessary travel abroad are expected to remain in effect until at least May 17.
You should not travel unless you have a file for a legally permitted reason to do so.
These include basic business, education, funerals or medical causes, and compassion.
But for those with a legitimate reason to travel, here are the latest travel tips for vacation islands in Spain, Greece, Italy, and Croatia.
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) currently advises against traveling to Spain except for essential travel.
This includes the Balearic Islands but excludes the Canary Islands.
But traveling to the Canary Islands for holidays is still illegal.
Until at least March 16, the travel restrictions imposed by the Spanish authorities on December 22, 2020 remain in effect, which means that you can only make an unnecessary trip to Spain if you are a Spanish citizen, Andorai or legal resident.
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But the Spanish government has officially confirmed that UK citizens who were legally residing in Spain before January 1, 2021, can present documents other than the EU residence certificate to prove their residence status when entering Spain.
If you are traveling to Spain for a legitimate purpose, you must fill out a health check form 48 hours before arrival, certifying the negative result of the PCR test.
Upon arrival in Spain, you will also need to undergo a visual health exam and a temperature check.
Yesterday (March 10) it was announced that Spain could begin to allow tourists to enter the country again from May with vaccination passports.
The FCDO advises against traveling to the Greek mainland except for essential travel, although it does not advise against traveling to the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete.
It is still illegal to travel to these islands under current UK blocking rules, unless you have a legitimate reason.
Citizens of the United Kingdom can enter Greece if they are permanent residents of the United Kingdom, but if they are British citizens living in another country, their entry may be refused.
Travelers will need to complete a passenger locator form at least 24 hours prior to travel, or they may risk paying a fine and being denied entry.
Expats will also need to provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test performed within 72 hours prior to arrival.
In good news for the holidays, the Greek government announced yesterday that the country will welcome tourists From May 14, without the need for a passport, vaccine.
Tourists will need to show evidence of a negative Covid-19 test taken before traveling.
The current directive allows only essential travel throughout Italy based on a Covid-19 risk assessment.
This includes the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, and Capri.
From March 6 to April 6, entry to Italy is only allowed for residents or those with an absolute need, including urgent work, health needs or study requirements.
If you must travel for underlying reasons, you must submit the airline’s negative Covid test no more than 72 hours before entering the country.
You will also take a test at the airport and, regardless of the result, you will have to isolate yourself for 14 days.
UK citizens traveling to Croatia from the UK, or any other country outside the EU / EEA, cannot enter the country. These restrictions will remain in effect until March 15 at the earliest.
Limited exceptions apply, and if you are traveling for essential purposes, you must have a negative PCR test that takes up to 48 hours before arriving in the country.
Travelers from the UK must also isolate themselves for a period of 14 days.
Croatia recently announced the introduction of a new teleworking Visa system, which would allow the British to stay for up to 12 months if they were working remotely once the country reopens.
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