Original article from Kent Live
With the onset of the summer holidays, many are setting their sights on jetting off on a much-needed holiday.
Since travel restrictions were eased on May 17 and the traffic light system was introduced, travellers have been making the most of their newfound 'freedoms' amid the pandemic.
However, with continuous changes to the list, it can be a little confusing for travellers where they can go and which quarantine and testing requirements they must observe.
Wondering where your favourite travel destinations fall on the traffic light system? Here’s the latest Foreign Office travel advice for Spain, Turkey, Greece and France.
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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has now placed Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera), on the amber list.
All arrivals to Spain from the UK must present on entry either a negative COVID-19 test or proof that they are fully vaccinated.
All travellers are also required to complete a pre-travel declaration form.
Further requirements and entry restrictions may also apply if you have travelled to a ‘risk country’ within 14 days prior to your arrival in Spain; you are travelling from mainland Spain to the Balearic or Canary Islands, or staying in tourist accommodation in the Canary Islands; or you are travelling overland (by road or rail) from France.
If you are not fully vaccinated, before you travel to the UK you must take a COVID-19 test, book and pay for day two and day eight COVID-19 tests to be taken once you return, and complete a passenger locator form.
Once in the UK, you must quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days and take a COVID-19 test on or before day two and day eight.
Turkey is on the red list for travel.
The FCDO advises against all travel to areas within 10 km of the border with Syria, except the city of Kilis.
The FCDO also advises against all but essential travel to all other areas of Sirnak, Kilis (including Kilis city) and Hatay provinces, the provinces of Diyarbakir, Tunceli and Hakkari, and the whole of Turkey based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks.
The FCDO has now placed Greece (including islands) on the amber list.
UK nationals are permitted to enter Greece if they are a permanent resident in the UK, Greece, another EU/EFA state, or in one of the following countries: Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Russian Federation, United Arab Emirates, United States and Ukraine.
Arrivals from the UK must also provide either a proof of a negative Covid-19 test, taken within the 72 hour period before arriving in Greece; proof of a negative Covid-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, taken within the 48 hour period before travel; or proof of two Covid-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel.
Travellers with proof of either are exempted from the need to self-isolate on arrival to Greece.
Anyone travelling to Greece must comply with the Greek authorities’ requirements, including completion of a passenger locator form before you travel both into and out of Greece.
France is now also on the amber list for entering the UK, however the rules for fully vaccinated people do not apply to France.
Anyone arriving from France to the UK must quarantine for 10 days on arrival and take a day two and day eight Covid-19 tests. You will need to book these tests in advance.
When you complete your passenger locator form you must choose ‘No/Prefer not to say’ when asked if you are exempt from the requirement to quarantine and take a day eight test.
This is under the section of the form titled ‘Your coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination status’.
The UK is also on France’s amber list. Entry requirements are different depending on whether you are fully vaccinated or not.
Unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) arrivals in France will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons.
On arrival, they must present a completed International Travel Certificate to confirm their reason for travel, and a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from Covid-19 symptoms and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight, and that they will self-isolate for seven days after arrival.
They will also need to present a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of departure.
Fully vaccinated travellers do not need an essential reason to travel to France and don’t need to self-isolate on arrival.
They are also no longer required to present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result before travel.
However, they do need to present a proof of vaccination status and a completed ‘sworn statement’ form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight.