Advice From the UK Foreign Office on Visiting Some Countries

UK Government

As Coronavirus cases are still increasing around the world, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is changing its advice.

In the last few weeks, the UK Government has changed its rule of two-week quarantines for travelers returning to the UK from France, the Netherlands, and a number of other countries.

Though in some places the number of affected people is falling. But it is still a risk to visit many countries.

Here is everything you need to know about the current state of the virus in Spain, France, and Greece, as well as what the Foreign Office advice is for people heading there.


The FCO has advised not to travel to Spain if not essential, from July 27. It is also advising against nonessential travel to the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on their assessment of the Covid-19 risk.

This advice comes from evidence of increasing cases in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarre, and Catalonia which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona, and Barcelona.

However, in Spain, there have been 33,769 new cases recorded and 58 deaths in the last seven days. This data is according to the World Health Organization.

Spain comes in 10th place globally for the highest number of cases to date. Its total number of coronavirus cases is 364,196

The FCO is not advising those already traveling in Spain to leave at this time. But travelers must follow the advice of the local authorities, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.

However, it is mandatory to use a face mask. People above the age of six must oblige to this rule when using any form of public transport in Spain. Also in many other indoor and outdoor public spaces.

Travelers returning from Spain to the UK will have to self-quarantine. But the FCO is not advising you to cut short your visit. You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.

However, travelers coming to Spain from the UK will not have to self-isolate.

However, they will be subject to the following three requirements:

They must provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours prior to travel

Temperature check

And undergo a visual health assessment


For traveling to France the FCO advises against all nonessential travel including Corsica, based on the number of Covid-19 cases.

However, currently the country is reporting many cases of the virus.

According to the World Health Organization, France has recorded 17,095 new cases of the virus. And 97 deaths in the last seven days.

However, it comes on number 17th globally for the highest number of cases to date, with a total of 221,267.

The FCO is not advising those already traveling in France to leave at this time, but they say you should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect yourself and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.

The travelers must contact their travel operator for further questions and inquires about their return journey.

Moreover, face coverings are mandatory in public spaces in France from July 20. It is mandatory for all those who are above the age of 11.

Travelers returning to the UK from France on or after August 15, will have to self-isolate on their return. However, travelers must check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The guidance includes information on the rules if you’re transiting through France from another country to reach the UK.

Travel to France is subject to entry restrictions. Although there is no restriction on travel from the UK and most European countries, travel from most non-European countries is subject to entry restrictions.


From July 4, Greece has also been exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks.

However, the country is currently reporting in many cases. But the overall number of cases to date is significantly lower than much of Europe.

According to the World Health Organization, Greece has reported 250 cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours.

In Greece, it is mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis.

Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a capacity of three adult passengers per vehicle. In addition to the driver and children do not count towards this total.

Travelers must check the entry requirements before traveling to Greece.

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