Now the end of the lockdown is in sight, and ideas are undoubtedly headed for vacations abroad.
Sadly, it wouldn’t be that simple: despite the light at the end of the tunnel, there are still severe restrictions for those wishing to travel outside of the UK, and it is literally illegal to travel abroad for tourist purposes.
Many of the tips are subject to change in March, but until that happens we won’t know if summer break is possible.
Here at MyLondon, we’ve reviewed the latest travel tips for Mallorca, Tenerife, Corfu, and Crete, and here’s what you need to know.
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Based on current Covid risk assessments, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to Spain, including the Balaric Islands, but excluding the Canary Islands.
Travel to Spain has been severely restricted since December 2020 and the restrictions will last until March 2, 2020.
Legal residents of Spain can travel as long as they have a valid residence document and passport.
All passengers must also submit a negative Covid test (PCR, TNA or LAMP) that took at least 72 hours before flying, however the government does not encourage passengers to take the test for the purpose of flying.
Upon arrival, passengers will need to provide Spanish authorities with their contact information, an account of any history of exposure to Covid and evidence of negative tests.
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The travel tips for Tenerife are the same as for Mallorca.
This means that you are advised not to travel to Tenerife unless necessary, and if you do, you must present a negative Covid test along with valid travel documents.
Contact information and details about Covid must also be given on arrival.
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FDCO advises against all non-essential travel to Greece, including Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos, according to the February 23 update advice.
Those coming from Greece, including the islands above, will need to isolate themselves upon arrival.
Permanent residents of Greece can travel to the country, as can residents of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.
Anyone not from these countries will likely be denied entry.
Prior to arrival, passengers must complete a Passenger Location Form (PLF) at least 24 hours prior to travel. This also applies to permanent residents of Greece and you are waiting for a fine of 500 euros for those who do not fill it out.
All arrivals to Greece will be required to present a negative Covid test (PCR, TNA or LAMP) which took at least 72 hours before flying.
Those coming from the UK will also need to have a rapid Covid test on arrival and will have to self-isolate for 14 days if they test positive and get a PCR test at the end of the two-week period.
As mentioned above, FDCO advises against all less essential travel to Greece, including Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, and Zakynthos.
The same restrictions as Corfu apply, including the pre-flight testing and packing requirement required by the PLF.