Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal & France: Latest FCDO updates – all nations now ‘amber’

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Many travel experts had pinned their hopes on more nations being added to the UK’s green list for travel. However, Thursday evening’s announcement served a blow to hopeful holidaymakers, with no new additions to the list and Portugal’s shock removal.

Here are the latest Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updates for Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal and France.


Despite hopes that Spain’s archipelagos would be added to the green list, the entire nation remains on the amber list.

In its most recent update, the FCDO states: “We continue to advise against all but essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands, but excluding the Canary Islands.”

According to Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps, Britons should only be flying to amber list destinations for “essential reasons”.

Despite this, Spain continues to welcome back Britons without the need to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated against Covid or a negative COVID-19 test.

The FCDO explains: “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.

“In some parts of Spain, a negative test is required when checking into tourist accommodation or when travelling to the islands from mainland Spain.”

Travellers returning from Spain must quarantine for 10 days at home and take three COVID-19 tests, one before departure and two during self-isolation.


Greece was another nation whose archipelagos experts were pinning their hopes on.

Despite this, Greece remains on the amber list, meaning Britons returning from the nation face 10 days of quarantine at home, as well as testing.

The FCDO continues to advise “against all but essential travel to Greece, except for the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”

Despite the UK Government’s decision, currently, Greece is still welcoming back British tourists as long as they meet some specific requirements.

The FCDO explains: “Travellers must fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) no later than 11.59 PM of the day before arriving in Greece. Please see below for further guidance on the Passenger Locator Form.

“Arrivals from the UK must provide either; proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece, or proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel. “Travellers with proof of either are exempted from the need to self-isolate on arrival to Greece.”

However, passengers may be asked to test upon arrival in Greece too.

“If you test positive on arrival in Greece, you, and those you are travelling with, will have to self-isolate in quarantine hotels provided by the Greek state for at least 10 days,” continues the FCDO.

“The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.”

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Italy remains on the UK’s amber list, meaning anyone returning to the UK from the country must self-isolate at home for 10 days. They must also take one Covid test before departure and two upon arrival in the UK during their quarantine.

The FCDO is currently advising “against all but essential travel to the whole of Italy based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”

Britons may enter Italy, however, they must follow strict entry requirements.

The FCDO explains: “From 7 April, entry to Italy from the UK is no longer restricted to Italian residents and those with absolute necessity. However, COVID-19 measures continue to apply.

“If you wish to fly, you must present the airline with a negative COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test taken no more than 48 hours before travel.

“From May 16 until 30 July there is no longer a requirement to quarantine on arrival in Italy unless travellers arrive without proof of a negative test.

“Travellers arriving without a negative test will need to self-isolate for 10 days and undertake a test at the end of the isolation period.”

Before travel, passengers must complete an online digital form which will generate a GR code to be shown to Border Police. They must also call the COVID-19 helpline for the region they are visiting to register arrival.


In a shocking blow to the travel industry, Portugal was removed from the green list.

As of Tuesday, all arrival into the UK from Portugal will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days and take three Covid tests.

In its most recent update, the FCDO states: “From 4am on Tuesday, June 8 Portugal will move to the amber list for entering England.”

The FCDO has not yet changed its travel advisory for the country, though this could be amended from June 8.

For the time being, Portugal has maintained the same entry requirements for UK arrivals.

“All passengers, excluding children up to the age of two, travelling to or through mainland Portugal in transit, must show a negative RT-PCR test result for SARS/COVID-19 at the time of boarding,” explains the FCDO.

“The test must have been taken within 72 hours of departure.

“Your airline is likely to deny boarding if you cannot provide this at check-in. Check with your airline before you travel.”


France is currently on the UK’s amber list for travel.

The FCDO is currently advising “against all but essential travel to the whole of France based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”

France also recently changed its entry requirements for Britons.

The FCDO explains: “From Monday, May 31, travel to France from the UK is permitted only for EU nationals, French residents, or those travelling for one of the essential reasons set out by the French Government.

“This applies to all air, car, ferry and train passengers.

“Arrivals from the UK who are resident in France may need to show proof of residence. Those who are not French residents or EU nationals will need to complete an International Travel Certificate to confirm their essential reason for travel.

“In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for an essential reason not listed on the International Travel Certificate.”

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