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Holidays 2020: FCO issues major updates for Portugal and Italy as travel corridors change

Britons who choose to jet off to the nation will have to endure a period of 14-days self-isolation upon their return.

Italy’s entry requirements in relation to coronavirus have also been updated by the FCO.

This is the latest advice from the Foreign Office.

Portugal

“From July 4, Madeira and the Azores are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel,” said the FCO.

“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

“However, the requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from Portugal, including Madeira and the Azores, remains in place.”

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Travellers who travel to Portugal will be screened at the airport.

“You will be subject to health screening on arrival at mainland airports and ports,” said the FCO.

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“Your temperature will be checked and if it is high or you show signs of being unwell, you will be referred to the health authorities at the airport.

“You may be required to take a COVID-19 test and to self-isolate at your accommodation until the test results are known.”

As for Madeira and Porto Santo, holidaymakers will need to complete and submit a traveller questionnaire 12-48 hours before departure.

They will also have to upload proof of a negative COVID-19 test, carried out 72 hours before departure, and be subjected to a health screening on arrival.

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Concerning the Azores, the FCO stated: “You need to complete and submit a health form 72 hours before you travel.

“After you have completed the form, you will receive a code for presentation to the health authorities on arrival. If you have not completed the form online, you will be asked to fill in a form manually at the airport.

“On arrival, you will be subject to health screening. You will need to:

– show proof of a negative COVID-19 test carried out 72 hours before departure, or

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– take a test on arrival and self-isolate at your accommodation until the results are known.

“If you are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test locally 6 days after the first test.”

The FCO explains that you will only need to self-isolate if:

– you travelled outside the UK in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Italy or;

– you will be arriving in Italy from a country for which there are still self-isolation requirements.

If these conditions apply to you, then you must:

– arrive in Italy with a completed ‘Self-Declaration Form for Travel’ stating the purpose of your trip to Italy

– report promptly to local health authorities self-isolate for 14 days.

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