Latest travel updates for Spain, Portugal, France and more

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Many travel destinations are still covered by strict entry rules, with the countdown on to the next government review of the traffic light system which is set for June 7.

The system lists countries where travellers can enter as well as enjoy quarantine-free travel and confirms the destinations where self-isolation is required on return.

Nations are divided into a green, amber and red list, with different quarantine and Covid testing restrictions in place for each category.

There has been further easing of Covid restrictions this month which gave the green light for international leisure travel to gradually resume for the first time in months.

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The ‘Stay in the UK’ regulation lifted on May 17, meaning leisure travel from England was no longer illegal.

However, strict border control measures will remain in place and there are a number of rules and restrictions through a new traffic light system grading how safe countries are to travel to, based on current coronavirus rates and vaccine programmes.

At present only countries on the "green list" are deemed safe for leisure travel, and the government is advising people not to travel to countries that remain on the "amber" and "red" lists for holidays at present.

This has caused some confusion this past week as more than 30 people trying to fly to Malaga were turned away at East Midlands Airport for not carrying the right documents.

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They were told that without any proof of Spanish residency they could not go on their pre-booked Ryanair flight scheduled for Friday, May 21.

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Here are the latest foreign travel updates for popular destinations for UK tourists.

The Netherlands – As of May 15, partners of UK nationals who hold a Netherlands residence permit issued under Article 50 TEU will be allowed entry. Partners must meet the criteria set out by the Dutch government and must carry with them a copy of their partner’s residence permit. A negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours prior to arrival, plus proof of a negative rapid (antigen/LAMP) test taken no more than 24 hours before boarding, the alternative option is a negative PCR test taken less than 24 hours before expected arrival. The government is advising people not to travel to countries that remain on the "amber" list for holidays which currently includes the Netherlands.

Germany – From May 23, the UK is designated as a virus variant area of concern, which means that you may only enter Germany from the UK if you are a German citizen, a resident or their spouse/partner/child under 18, or if you can invoke an urgent humanitarian reason such as an immediate family bereavement. No other travellers may enter Germany from the UK. The government is advising people not to travel to countries that remain on the "amber" list for holidays which currently includes Germany.

Belgium – British nationals that are not residents in Belgium or another EU or Schengen country will only be permitted entry to Belgium for essential reasons. Those travelling will need to carry evidence of their essential reason for travel. In exceptional circumstances, the Embassy of Belgium in the UK may be able to issue an Essential Travel Certificate (ETC) as documentation for those who have difficulties obtaining proof that their journey is essential. A negative PCR test, no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. The government is advising people not to travel to countries that remain on the "amber" list for holidays which currently includes Belgium.

Denmark – If you are resident in the UK, you will be able to enter Denmark if you have a ‘worthy purpose’. You can see the list of worthy purposes on the Danish coronavirus website. You will need to provide evidence of your worthy purpose. UK resident travellers must also present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry. A negative Covid-19 test, no more than 48 hours prior to arrival. The government is advising people not to travel to countries that remain on the "amber" list for holidays which currently includes Denmark.

Ireland – All passengers arriving in Ireland must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form and provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland, or have evidence that you are exempt from this legal requirement.

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France – Arrivals from the UK do not need to justify an essential reason to enter France. This applies to all air, car, ferry and train passengers. All other measures, detailed below, are in place for those travelling from the UK. The French government strongly advises limiting international travel to a minimum. All travellers from the UK, including children aged 11 and above, will need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure. The government is advising people not to travel to countries that remain on the "amber" list for holidays which currently includes France.

Portugal – There are no restrictions on travelling to Portugal from England and Scotland. All passengers, excluding children up to the age of 2, travelling to or through Portugal in transit, must show a negative RT-PCR test result for SARS/COVID-19 at the time of boarding. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of departure.

Greece – UK nationals are permitted to enter Greece if they are a permanent resident in the UK, Greece, another EU/EFTA state. If you’re a British national who resides in another country, not listed above, you’re likely to be refused entry to Greece. A negative PCR test that has been conducted within the 72 hour period before your arrival time in Greece. UK travellers with proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel are also exempt from self-isolation. Passengers arriving from the UK are required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival. The government is advising people not to travel to countries that remain on the "amber" list for holidays which currently includes Greece.

Spain – From May 24, entry restrictions and testing requirements for arrivals from the UK to Spain no longer apply. However, travellers from the UK should be prepared to present evidence of a negative test if they have travelled to a country on Spain’s list of ‘risk countries’ in the 14 days prior to travel. The government is advising people not to travel to countries that remain on the "amber" list for holidays which currently includes Spain.

Poland – UK nationals, their spouses and children are included in the list of those who are exempt from entry restrictions related to COVID-19. The government is advising people not to travel to countries that remain on the "amber" list for holidays which currently includes Poland.

Romania – Travellers arriving from the UK no longer need to have had a negative PCR test before flying or present evidence of vaccination or to self-isolate on arrival to Romania. The government is advising people not to travel to countries that remain on the "amber" list for holidays which currently includes Romania.

Jersey – All passengers are offered testing on arrival into Jersey free of charge. Passengers who do not take part in the testing programme must isolate for 14 days.

Information on travel restrictions for other countries across the world can be found on Gov.uk

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