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Scrapping the ‘Amber’ list makes travel simpler for all

We do live on a beautiful island but we do crave the warmth of the sun, the Mediterranean cuisine and the Spanish ‘’alegria’’ that is so electrifying.

At long last, many of the obstacles to easy travelling have been stripped away as the traffic light system has been taken away.

Spain, Portugal and France remain on our radar as countries with far lower infection rates, and have been achieving much better results that the UK for quite some time now, making the prospect of travelling abroad much more appealing.

For entry into Spain, Portugal and France:

We need to arrive with our Passenger Locator Form completed, proof of our vaccination or a negative COVID test taken in the previous days (currently within 3 days of travelling but please check with the authorities a week before departing). Some carriers may require slightly different requirements so do please check the obligations of your transport provider, or ask us for guidance.

The situation in Spain, France and Portugal rapidly improved this autumn as the European countries’ vaccination programs caught up with us and their success with minimising the spread of the virus has been greater than ours. 

COVID tests are available now in many locations and the Europeans have become as experienced as us at social distancing and mask wearing. Sales of hand cream for dry, over washed hands are as high over there as they are here. 

In England (and there are regional variances between the countries within the UK), the FCO states that if we travel to a country for leisure purposes we must follow the procedures below.

Before we return to England (and as long as we have been double-vaccinated) we must:

On arrival in England we must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place we are staying for 2 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2

We must follow these rules even if we have been vaccinated.

So is a holiday abroad now on the cards for those eager to get away? 

!Si, Senor! Masks and careful social distancing are still advised and sometimes obligatory, but we are used to that by now.

So why not book your escape to Spain or Portugal now?