When can Brits go on holiday to Spain, France, Portugal, Greece and Turkey?
Written by Radio News on May 23, 2020
With lockdown measures being relaxed all over the world and summer approaching, it’s little wonder that many in the UK are wondering when they’ll next be able to take a holiday.
Many other nations are beginning to loosen their formerly stringent lockdown measures and conversations are being had globally about how to get the travel industry moving again.
With that in mind, here’s the latest on when Brits might be able to travel to popular holiday destinations once more.
In response to the UK’s soon-to-be-implemented quarantine rules, which will see people returning from foreign countries forced to self-isolate for 14 days or face a hefty fine – France will make traveling Brits self-isolate too.
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Previously, there was talk of a mutual agreement between the countries which would not see those travelling between the two countries being made to isolate.
However, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced on Friday travellers entering the country would have to self-isolate for 14 days or they could face a £1,000 fine, and it was confirmed that travellers from France would not be exempt.
A spokesman for France’s Interior Minister said: ‘We take note of the British government’s decision and we regret it.
‘France is ready to put in place a reciprocal measure as soon as the system comes into force on the British side.’
Spain went into lockdown before the UK on 14 March and was one of the countries in Europe hardest-hit by Covid-19.
Now however, Spain too has been slowly easing the lockdown measures in place.
Spain’s foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya has said that tourists will be able to go to Spain ‘as soon as possible’, provided it’s safe to travel, but it’s not a guarantee that they will be admitted to the country by the summer.
Greece is planning on allowing international travel again from July 1.
However, it’s not yet a guarantee that tourists from all countries will be able to travel there from that date.
Portugal has been slowly coming out of lockdown since May 4.
While non-essential travel to Portugal is still not permitted, restaurants, cafes and bars have been opened under the proviso that they follow social distancing measures.
This could indicate that Portugal will be ready to taken on British tourists when both nation’s lockdowns permit.
A spokesperson for the Turkish Embassy in London has said that: ‘Turkey is now expected to start going back to normal very soon.’
This person is quoted in the Liverpool Echo as saying: ‘We hope to start the holiday season in June, by gradually resuming international flights to Turkey.
‘Of course, resumption of flights will depend on the progress of pandemic, quarantine measures being taken around the world and general outlook.
‘Nevertheless, arrangements have been made to host guests in reliable, healthy and hygienic conditions throughout their visit to Turkey.’
When will tourists be able to travel out from the UK?
At the time of writing, there’s no set date for when international flights from the UK will be running as normal again.
Chairman of the TRIP Group (Travel Risk incident Prevention) and travel risk expert Lloyd Figgins previously told Metro.co.uk: ‘Flights will not resume until the government advice against all but essential travel has changed.
‘Even then, there will likely be restrictions on the volume of people allowed to travel.’
He added: ‘All flights will be reliant on the destination country being willing to accept visitors from the UK.’
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