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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice has been a key indicator for where Britons can go on holiday. Recently, the UK government decided to take a more “targeted approach” to travel corridors which means islands and territories can remain off the quarantine list while mainland countries are added. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said earlier this month: “New scientific capability & capacity now means we can take a more targeted approach to travel corridors, giving England the flexibility to add or remove islands from the list based on clear evidence – whilst ensuring maximum protection to UK public health.”
The government has been keeping an eye on countries’ coronavirus infection rates to assess whether they need to be added or removed from the travel corridor list.
To make sure your holiday destination is still safe to travel to, Express.co.uk has gathered together the latest FCDO travel advice for Cyprus, Greece and a host of other Mediterranean hotspots.
Cyprus is still on the travel corridor list which is good news for Britons looking for some winter sun.
Although the country is exempt from the FCDO advice against all non-essential international travel, there are strict entry requirements for Britons looking to visit.
Travellers need to provide a negative test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel.
Coronavirus results can be in the form of an email or text, but the test result itself and/or appointment letter must include the date and time when the test was taken.
Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Formentera, Menorca & Majorca)
Unfortunately, the FCDO is advising against all non-essential travel to Spain which includes the Balearic Islands.
The islands have recorded a spike in coronavirus cases which means the islands, like the mainland, remain off limits,
Canary Islands (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera & El Hierro)
Like the Balearic Islands, the FCDO is advising against all non-essential travel to these islands as they are a part of Spain.
The Foreign Office is currency advising against all non-essential travel to France which includes the island of Corsica.
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Crete (Greek islands NOT on safe list)
The Foreign Office is advising against all but essential travel to the islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante).
This means that Crete is effectively off-limits to Britons unless they want to self-isolate for 14 days on their return.
However, mainland Greece is still on England’s travel corridor list along with a few other exceptions (See below).
The rules slightly differ depending on what region of Greece you’re in.
If you are returning to Wales from the islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos you are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Meanwhile, Scotland is requiring people returning from all regions of Greece to self-isolate for 14 days.
Britons can still travel to the stunning islands without having to quarantine on their return.
Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian islands and Britons can go there right now without having to quarantine on their return.
The island is most famous for its beaches, food and landscapes.
Kos is the third biggest of the Greek islands and is still on the travel corridor list.
Britons can still visit there without having to quarantine on their return.
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Those travelling to Malta will have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return to the UK.
But those who are willing to risk the quarantine rules won’t need to quarantine when they arrive on the island, just have a temperature check.
Gibraltar is a British territory which is still open for business despite being on Spain’s south coast.
All travellers must complete an online contact tracing passenger locator form (PLF) before they arrive and inform the authorities if they have been in a ‘relevant area’ in the last 14 days.
Turkey is also on the UK’s travel corridor list and has been a popular choice among Britons this year.
However, all arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, which includes a temperature check.
Italy is exempt from the FCDO advice against all non-essential international travel which includes the beautiful island of Sicily.
But travellers arriving into Italy (including Sicily) from Malta, Spain, Greece, Croatia and certain areas of France must undertake a compulsory COVID-19 test.
Sardinia falls under the same bracket as Sicily and is exempt from FCDO advice against essential travel overseas.
However, those travelling to Sardinia must register their trip in advance with the local authorities.
Madeira and the Azores
Portugal was axed from the travel corridor list over a month ago but the regions of Madeira and the Azores, are exempt from the FCDO advice against all non-essential international travel.
However, like Greece, the advice differs depending on where you are returning to in the UK.
If you are travelling to England, Wales or Northern Ireland from mainland Portugal (not Madeira or the Azores), you will need to self-isolate on your return.
Those returning to Scotland from Madeira, the Azores or mainland Portugal will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
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