Travel guide to Spain, Portugal, France and more holiday hotspots

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Foreign holidays are no longer banned, but organising a trip isn't straightforward.

Here are some of the things you need to know about visiting six popular destinations - Portugal, Spain, Greece, France, Italy and Turkey.

What are the UK's rules?

Foreign holidays are legal, but under England's traffic light system very few countries are on the green list of safe destinations.

The government says you should not holiday in amber and red countries. If you do, quarantine rules apply and there are Covid tests before and after you return.

Similar rules apply in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Traffic light decisions are reviewed by ministers every three weeks, with the next decision due before 28 June.

Portugal: On to the amber list

Travel to Portugal

Portugal has been moved from the green to the amber list.

But, you must:

In Madeira/Porto Santo you can show proof of two vaccinations, or recent recovery from Covid, instead of a negative test.

Returning to the UK, you must follow the amber rules.

The government has a list of private clinics for Covid tests in Portugal.

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Covid cases in Portugal:

  • 39 confirmed Covid cases per 100,000 people per week (seven-day average) - cases stable. (UK - 48, cases rising)
  • 61 total vaccine doses administered per 100 people. (UK - 100 doses)

(source: Our World in Data, 6 June)

What are the rules in Portugal?

Face coverings must be worn in public, but aren't required while sunbathing/swimming.

Visit Portugal and the UK Foreign Office advise (as of 7 June):

  • Restaurants/pavement cafes can seat six together indoors (10 outdoors), must close 22:30
  • Bars/nightclubs remain closed
  • Shops shut at 21:00 weekdays and 19:00 weekends
  • Beaches have one-way systems, sunshades and towels should be three metres apart
  • Check beach-occupancy levels, avoid "red" and "amber" ones
  • Golf courses, museums and art galleries are open
  • Public transport at two-thirds capacity
  • Fines up to €100 if you breach regulations

Accommodation must have a Covid plan. Multiple households can share.

Rules apply to sharing a hire car.

Spain: No Covid test

Travel to Spain

If travelling via Gibraltar, check the latest Foreign Office travel advice.

Follow amber list rules when you return to the UK.

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Covid cases in Spain:

What are the rules in Spain?

A nationwide state of emergency has ended, but local rules remain.

Across Spain:

A negative test may be required when checking in.

Greece: Accepting UK visitors

Travel to Greece

UK tourists are allowed entry.

You must complete a passenger locator form and will receive a QR code.

Everyone (aged five and over) must provide either:

You may have to take a rapid Covid test on arrival, with quarantine in a hotel for at least 10 days if positive. You may also have to self-isolate if other passengers on your flight/ferry test positive.

Follow the amber list rules when you return to the UK.

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Covid cases in Greece:

What are the rules in Greece?

National and local restrictions remain under regular review:

  • Face coverings in public places (indoors and outdoors)
  • Curfew 00:30 to 05:00
  • No more than three people in a taxi/private vehicle (unless in the same family)

Travel across mainland Greece and the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina is allowed. Travel to other Greek islands requires a negative test (or proof of vaccination).

  • Restaurants, cafes and bars cannot play music, only six people can sit together
  • Beaches are open, umbrellas at least 4m apart and two sunbeds per umbrella
  • Museums and archaeological sites have reduced capacity
  • Theatres and live events can operate

Tourist accommodation must have Covid action plans.

France: No quarantine if fully vaccinated

Travel to France

But you will only be able to enter from the UK if you provide a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of departure (or antigen test within 48 hours of departure), and can either:


Follow the amber list rules when you return to the UK.

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Covid cases in France:

What are the rules in France?

Face coverings are compulsory for anyone aged 11 or over on public transport and in many public places.

  • A national curfew is in place from 21:00 to 06:00
  • Most shops, museums, zoos and monuments can reopen
  • Bars cafes and restaurants can open outdoors only, with six people per table

Tourist accommodation, including camping and caravan sites, can open. Hotel restaurant/bar areas must stay closed.

  • Indoor hospitality will reopen (six per table)
  • The curfew will be pushed back until 23:00

Italy: No quarantine

Travel to Italy

Italy no longer requires 10 days' quarantine on arrival at airports, as long as you present a negative Covid test result (taken within 48 hours).

You must:

Follow the amber list rules when you return to the UK.

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Covid cases in Italy:

What are the rules in Italy?

  • Face coverings mandatory in public spaces (indoors and outdoors) for all aged six and over
  • Social distancing of one metre in public places
  • Shops, ice cream parlours and pastry shops are open
  • Bars/restaurants can open indoors and outdoors with table service
  • Four people per table (more if same household)
  • Curfew 24:00-05:00 (to be removed 21 June)
  • Public transport 50% capacity
  • Beaches/open air swimming pools can open
  • Beach umbrellas must have 10 sq m of free space
  • Cinemas, theatres and museums limited capacity

Turkey: 10-day hotel quarantine

Travel to Turkey

  • Provide a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival
  • Complete an online form within 72 hours of travel
  • Expect a medical check for coronavirus symptoms, including temperature tests

Follow the red list rules when you return to the UK - including 10-days quarantine in a hotel.

Direct flights from Turkey to England can resume from 8 June - to designated terminals at Heathrow and Birmingham.

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Covid cases in Turkey:

What are the rules in Turkey?

There are nationwide curfews until at least 1 July. Provinces are split into four tiers by Covid-19 risk from low to very high.

The Foreign Office advises (as of 7 June):

  • Face coverings must be worn outside of private homes
  • Smoking in public is banned
  • Restaurants have limited opening hours for takeaways and deliveries only
  • Shops have limited opening hours
  • Public transport limited to 50% capacity