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News: ABTA welcomes changes to FCDO advice

News: ABTA welcomes changes to FCDO advice

ABTA has welcomed the news that the Foreign Development & Commonwealth Office (FCDO) has removed its advice against all but essential travel to several popular holiday destinations.

These include Spain, Greece, France, Morocco and Jamaica, with the changes applied with immediate effect.

The destination, however, remain on the amber list for UK travellers, meaning visitors will have to quarantine when they return.

However, from July 19th, this restriction will be removed from double vaccinated, UK citizens returning to England.

Spain is British holidaymakers’ most popular destination, attracting over 18 million UK travellers each year, followed by France, with Greece a regular feature in the top five most visited destinations.

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These holiday hotspots were among 21 countries to have the advice against all but essential travel lifted, other countries include Switzerland, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Ukraine and Nigeria.

Graeme Buck, director of communications at ABTA, said: “There is huge pent-up demand for overseas holidays after so many months of travel restrictions, so many people will be very excited to be able to finally take a well-deserved break to favourite destinations like Spain, Greece and France.”

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Spain enforces stricter entry rules – FCDO warns some tests ‘not accepted’ at the border

Spain enforces stricter entry rules - FCDO warns some tests 'not accepted' at the border

SPAIN has ramped up its entry requirement for unvaccinated Britons requiring them to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. According to a new Foreign Office warning, some tests are now no longer accepted. What are the new rules?

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Portugal holidays: Unvaccinated Britons slapped with 14 days of quarantine – FCDO warning

Portugal holidays: Unvaccinated Britons slapped with 14 days of quarantine - FCDO warning

Portugal has imposed new quarantine restrictions on UK arrivals amid growing concerns over the spread of the Delta variant. Travellers from the UK who have not yet been fully vaccinated will be subject to 14 days of mandatory quarantine when arriving in the country.

The new rule, which comes into force today, will see UK arrivals having to prove they have had two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

It is thought the quarantine requirement will remain in place until at least July 11.

According to the Portuguese authorities, the self-isolation period may be undertaken “at home or a place indicated by health authorities”.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updates its travel advice page for Britons warning of the new rule change.

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So far, Madeira has not said it will impose a similar rule.

However, travellers jetting off to the country will still be expected to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.

The FCDO states: “With the exception of children up to, and including, the age of 12, all travellers to Madeira and Porto Santo must complete and submit a traveller questionnaire.

“If you are travelling with a child aged 12 or under, include their details in your questionnaire.”

Travellers must also “take a RT-PCR test 72 hours before travel and upload the test result to the traveller questionnaire.

“You may not need a RT-PCR test if you are able to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status.”

Those who arrive in Madeira without proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test “will have to take a test on arrival and remain in government-provided accommodation until the results are known.”

However, the testing requirement does not apply to those who can provide they have had both doses of the vaccine at least 15 days prior to travel.

“If you live in England, the authorities in Madeira and Porto Santo will accept your NHS COVID Pass as evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status,” explains the FCDO.

“If you live in Scotland or Wales, the authorities will accept your respective NHS certificate to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status.

“Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.”

Though mainland Portugal has not yet confirmed the form of evidence required for entry, it is likely the NHS COVID pass will be accepted.

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Spain: Testing rules tighten for visits to the Canary and Balearic Islands – FCDO advice

Spain: Testing rules tighten for visits to the Canary and Balearic Islands - FCDO advice

Some travel restrictions are in place for international transit through Spanish airports by passengers on flights departing from the UK.

The FCDO explains: “If you are transiting Spain by air from the UK you are not subject to testing requirements, however, you are required to complete and sign an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours prior to travel declaring any known history of exposure to COVID-19 and giving contact details.”

Spain’s archipelagos were recent left devastated after they did not make it onto the green list at the most recent review.

Both the Canary and Balearic Islands had been predicted by experts as potentials for quarantine travel due to their Covid figures, however the Uk Government decided to make no new additions to the list.

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Spain expats: Major rules for visas and permits in post-Brexit blow – FCDO warning

Spain expats: Major rules for visas and permits in post-Brexit blow - FCDO warning

Spain has issued a full list of documentation that British nationals must present in order to prove their residency and ultimately stay in the country. Prior to Brexit, which came into force at the beginning of 2021, UK nationals could live and move freely throughout the European Union (EU).

“The Spanish Government has published a list of documentation that UK nationals who were legally residing in Spain before January 1 2021, and as such are beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement, can use to prove their residence status when entering Spain while entry restrictions remain in place,” explains the FCDO.

“You will be required to present any one of the following documents to prove your residence status.

“A residence card issued under Article 18.4 of the Withdrawal Agreement (the TIE) – ‘la tarjeta de identidad de extranjero (TIE)’.

“A temporary or permanent EU residence certificate (green certificate) – ‘el certificado de registro de ciudadano de la Unión’ (tarjeta verde).

” AResidence card as a family member of an EU citizen – ‘la tarjeta de familiar de ciudadano de la Unión’.

‘The receipt of application to exchange an EU residence certificate (green certificate) or residence card as a family member of an EU citizen for the new TIE (residence card issued under Article 18.4 of the Withdrawal Agreement) – ‘el resguardo de expedición de la tarjeta de identidad de extranjero (TIE) o de la tarjeta de familiar de ciudadano de la Unión’.

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“Confirmation of the positive outcome of your residence application from the Immigration Office – ‘la resolución favorable de reconocimiento como beneficiario del Acuerdo de Retirada emitida por la Oficina de Extranjería competente.”

The full list of requirements has also been “communicated to airlines and other operators” to ensure all those travelling to Spain have the correct documentation before departure.

“Spanish border authorities will only grant entry if they are satisfied that you meet the entry requirements and reserve the right to deny passage,” the FCDO warned.

Since the new residency rules came into force, expats have spoken out about their struggle to remain in Spain.

Those hoping to move to Spain, meanwhile, could also face major roadblocks.

According to expatnetwork, this is particularly true for retirees.

“Those who are thinking about retiring to Spain or who plan to move there but do not intend to work there, can either choose a Golden Visa or the Non-Lucrative Visa (NLV),” explained an expatnetwork spokesperson.

“The Golden Visa requires you to invest €500,000 (approximately £433,551) in property and so is out of the reach of many British retirees.

“The NLV allows you to take up residence in Spain, provided you have sufficient funds to support yourself and you do not need to work there.

“It is this requirement that is causing problems for many Britons.

“You have to demonstrate an income of €33,893 (approximately £29,388) a year for a couple and €47,451 (£41,144) for a family of four.

“This requirement will rule out the option of retiring to Spain for many.

“Those who are retiring on a basic UK State pension, £9,339 in 2021, will not qualify.”

The other alternative is to opt for a work permit.

“Younger families looking to move to Spain will generally have to look to get a work permit or a visa allowing them to set up a business, as they would have to demonstrate an income of €47,451 (approximately £41,144) from sources other than work to qualify for an NLV,” said the expert.

Meanwhile, Benidorm-based expat Tony Harrison, previously told Express.co.uk the new visa requirements were causing “major issues” for overseas Britons.

“To be granted a TIE card which has been introduced post-Brexit for all UK nationals seeking permanent residency in Spain you have to meet a certain criterion which for many is impossible,” Mr Harrison said.

“You either have to have proven monthly income, a certain amount in the bank.

“My wife had to show she had €7,000 for three months.

“You also have to show evidence of a 20-hour contract and private health insurance in some cases.

“Most of these were impossible for most and many are now looking to return to the UK.”

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Turkey launches new testing rules for UK arrivals despite being on red list – FCDO update

Turkey launches new testing rules for UK arrivals despite being on red list - FCDO update

Though Turkey remains on the UK’s red list for travel, the nation has made the decision to put in place new COVID-19 testing rules for UK arrivals. Direct flights from Turkey to England are currently “prohibited”, though UK arrivals can still enter the country as long as they meet the specific requirements set out by Turkish authorities.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), which provides travel advice for UK nationals travelling abroad, has updated its information for Turkey.

“From June 1, passengers arriving from UK, Iran, Egypt or Singapore will require a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey,” explains the travel authority.

“This is not required for those passengers transiting Turkey en route to another country.”

It adds: “All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel.

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“You will be asked to provide the residential address of where you will stay, within the borders of Turkey, and your contact information,” explains the FCDO.

“You may be asked by your airline to provide personal information regarding COVID-19 that may be shared with the Ministry of Health and third countries when necessary.

“Anyone who knowingly provides false information may be prevented from travelling.”

The FCDO further warns that regulations currently in place can change “with little warning.”

The travel authority advises Britons to monitor the FCDO’s latest travel advice for the latest updates and “stay in contact with your travel provider.”

While Turkey is allowing UK arrivals to enter in line with testing and data requirements, the UK Government maintains that those returning from Turkey must enter into 10 days of mandatory quarantine in a Government-approved facility.

The FCDO is currently advising “against all but essential travel to the whole of Turkey based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”

Britons should not travel to red list countries unless absolutely essential.

The Gov.uk website explains: “If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK.

“Before you travel to England you must take a COVID-19 test, book a quarantine hotel package, including two COVID-19 tests, [and] complete a passenger locator form.”

Upon arrival in England, travellers must then enter into “quarantine in a manned hotel” including taking “two COVID-19 tests” during that time.

A full review of the “traffic light” system is anticipated later this week, though there has been no official confirmation as to whether or when countries will be moved from the red list.

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