Holidays now must be planned even more carefully than ever before due to the plethora of rules the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) now has in place. The government advises against travelling to a number of popular holiday destinations including Spain and France. However, it’s not just UK FCO advice Britons need to be aware of when jet-setting.
Other countries have their own set of rules and entry requirements in place, from the type of face mask travellers need to wear to the forms you need to fill in.
easyJet has rounded up the regulations you must be aware of when flying abroad. This is the latest travel advice.
The FCO currently advises against all but essential travel to Belgium.
However, for those who do make the journey to Belgium, passengers need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before their arrival in Belgium.
You will be asked to show proof during your journey.
The same FCO rules apply to Croatia after it was struck off the ‘safe’ list last week.
If you do fly there you’ll need to fill out a travel announcement form.
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Flights: Other countries have their own set of rules and entry requirements in place
Flights: easyJet has rounded up the regulations you must be aware of when flying abroad
Cyprus is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.
However, the country has strict entry requirements in place.
On arrival to Cyprus, countries from category B (which the UK is in) will be required to provide evidence of a negative PCR test (COVID-19 test).
The test must be obtained within 72 hours before travel and the confirmation can be in the form of an email or SMS.
You will also need to fill in a Cyprus flight pass form – apply for this 24 hours ahead of travel.
Egypt is not yet on the ‘safe’ list and the country requires all foreign travellers to obtain a negative PCR test certificate in the preceding 72 hours prior to arrival to Egypt.
Jet-setters will also need to fill in an Egypt Declaration Form.
Passengers who are unable to present this will be denied boarding.
France was added to the quarantine list earlier this month.
If you do travel, following a requirement from French authorities, it is compulsory for passengers from the age 11 and above to wear a surgical mask on the flight (children from the age six and above will still be required to wear a suitable mask). A reusable mask will not bear permitted.
For Corsica, a Corsica self-attestation form will need to be completed.
Germany is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.
“There are currently no general COVID-19-related restrictions on entry into Germany from the UK,” explained the FCO.
Greece is also still on the ‘safe’ list.
If you travel to Greece, you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel.
Every traveller, including children, must have their details included.
Passengers that are unable to present this will be denied boarding or risk a hefty fine.
Flights: Cyprus holidaymakers are required to provide evidence of a negative PCR test
Britons are still permitted to travel to Italy.
However, Italy has strict flight rules. “Following a requirement from Italian authorities, no loose clothes such as coats and jackets may be stowed in the overhead lockers,” explained easyJet.
“It is [also] compulsory for passengers to wear a surgical mask.”
Furthermore, you should download and complete a self-declaration from the Ministry of Interior before you travel to Italy.
Portugal was added to the travel corridor last week to the jubilation of many.
Travellers heading to the country will need to bring a printed completed copy of their Portugal passenger locator card on their flight.
On arrival in mainland Portugal, you will be subject to health screening.
If travelling to Madeira, Porto Santo or the Azores, you must take a COVID-19 test before you travel or on arrival.
Flights: Anyone flying to Spain will need to complete a Spanish public health form
Spain is now on the quarantine list. Anyone flying to Spain will need to complete a Spanish public health form before travel.
On arrival you will need to:
Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours prior to travel
Undergo a visual health assessment
Turkey is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.
Flight rules are in place. easyJet explained: “Following a requirement from Turkish authorities, passengers will only be allowed to bring onboard one small under-seat-sized bag.
“Children also travelling from the age two and above will be required to wear a mask.”
Travellers should bring a printed completed copy of their passenger locator form on their flight.
All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. If you show symptoms on arrival, you’ll be required to undergo a PCR test coronavirus.