Coronavirus threw the world into chaos, forcing countries to shut their borders and travel to be brought to an abrupt halt. Now, 10 weeks into the UK’s stringent lockdown, countries around the world are showing promise that they could soon be welcoming back international tourists.
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While here in the UK Boris Johnson continues to keep us under some lockdown measures, with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advising against all non-essential travel, other countries are putting in place safety measures which will allow travel to resume.
Though the UK has implemented a 14-day quarantine period for international arrivals, there is some hope that this may be lifted in favour of quarantine-free “air bridges” to countries with safe COVID-19 level.
For Britons dreaming of a getaway, Money Saving Expert revealed what criteria travellers might have to meet in order to jet off to the top 10 holiday destinations according to ABTA.
Here are the current entry requirements for the top 10 holiday destinations (accurate at the time of writing):
Spain is currently closed to all international tourists until July 1. As of July, it will begin to gradually reopen to international visitors, however, there is a question about whether UK visitors will be welcomed this soon or if they will wait longer due to coronavirus figures in the country. Currently, only residents or those who must enter the country for essential purposes will be allowed.
Until July 1 all arrivals must quarantine for 14 days, but this rule will be dropped when tourism resumes.
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France is currently closed to all international tourists until June 15. Visitors may only enter for essential travel and if they show no symptoms of coronavirus. Those hoping to enter for this purpose will need to present an “international travel certificate”.
At present, UK arrivals in France will not need to quarantine. Some countries will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days, but most EU countries are excluded.
From June 8, in line with the UK’s own quarantine regulations, UK arrivals will be asked to “voluntarily” self-quarantine.
The USA’s borders are currently closed to tourists from a number of countries including the UK. The US government is disallowing entry to anyone who has been to the UK ( or some other European countries) in the14 days before arrival in the US.
This excluded US citizens and permanent residents.
Furthermore, all entrants must self-isolate for 14 days.
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Italy recently reopened its borders to welcome back tourists from the UK, EU and some other countries.
There are also no quarantine rules for those arriving in Italy or Sardinia, as long as you are entering from the UK.
Germany’s borders are closed to all international tourists.
Entrants are only allowed for a “valid reason” and they must be equipped with travel documentation.
The country is not demanding entrants take on a period of quarantine for UK or EU arrivals.
The rules may vary for other countries.
From June 15 Greece is set to reopen its borders. While tourists are not allowed right now, from June 15 they can fly into Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as enter by land borders.
From July 1 all Greek airports will be open for business. However, even after June 15 visitors from the UK will be tested upon arrival and must stay overnight at a designated hotel to await results.
Visitors will not be charged for the hotel costs.
Those who test positive will be forced to quarantine for 14 days.
Portugal has reopened its borders to tourists, though they can not enter by land until June 15. Cruise ships will also not be allowed to disembark until June 15.
There are no quarantine regulations in place for mainland Portugal, however in Madeira until 1 Jul visitors must provide a negative coronavirus test or otherwise quarantine for 14 days.
The Netherlands is currently open to all tourists and has no mandatory quarantine measures in place.
Despite this, passengers arriving from “high-risk airports” (which includes many in the UK) must complete a health screening self-declaration form and are being advised to self-isolate for two weeks.
Turkey’s borders remain closed to all international tourists. Coronavirus checks are in place at airports and all arrivals must self isolate for 14 days.
Croatia’s borders remain closed to all international tourists. Only those with a resident permit or long-term visa may enter.
Similarly, owners of real estate or who have a dependent relative in the country may also enter.
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