Holidays: Latest FCDO advice for Italy, Greece and Cyprus amid new quarantine rules

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Holidays and hopes for winter sun were dashed last week after Turkey was added to the UK’s travel corridor list. Now, anyone who returns from the Mediterranean country must self-isolate for 14 days on their return. Turkey joins the ranks of countless other nations relegated to the quarantine list amid rising coronavirus figures.

With horizons shrinking on a weekly basis, it can be nigh impossible to stay on top of where you can go and what the rules are.

Popular holiday destinations Italy, Greece and Cyrus remain on the ‘safe’ list for now.

Concern is rising that Italy and Greece’s COVID-19 rate is increasing, however.

This is the latest Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice for the three countries.

Italy

Entry to Italy from the UK is permitted – you no longer have to justify your reason for travelling.

Holidaymakers heading to the island of Sardinia should note the rules differ slightly for the destination.

“If you are travelling to Sardinia, you must register your trip in advance with the local authorities,” said the FCDO.

“There is no longer a requirement to take a COVID test prior to your arrival.”

Furthermore, you must take care if you are doing any travelling prior to your visit to Italy.

“If you have stayed in or transited through a small number of listed countries in the 14 days prior to entering Italy, you’ll need to self-isolate for 14 days on entering Italy,” stated the FCDO.

“If you cannot do that for any reason, then entry to Italy may be refused. There are additional requirements for passengers arriving from Malta, Spain, Greece, Croatia and certain areas of France.”

You should download and complete a self-declaration from the Ministry of Interior before you travel to Italy.

Greece

The travel advice for Greece varies depends on where you’re visiting.

The FCDO advise against all but essential travel to the islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante).

The rest of Greece remains exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel.

If you are returning to Scotland from Greece, you will need to self-isolate on your return.

Entry restrictions are in place in Greece.

“You will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel,” said the FCDO.

“Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a €500 fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country.”

The FCDO added: “You should check directly with your airline what you will need to show in order to be allowed boarding.”

Cyprus

Holidays to Cyprus come with more restrictions.

“As of August 1, 2020, the UK is in Cyprus’ Category B: this means that tourists are permitted to travel to Cyprus, but they need to provide a negative test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel,” explained the FCDO.

“On July 31, 2020 The Republic of Cyprus government announced that COVID-test results can be in the form of an email or SMS, but the test result itself and/or appointment letter must include the date and time when the test was taken.

“Children under 12 years old do not require a test in order to travel to Cyprus.”

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