PUBLISHED: 12:41, Mon, Jan 4, 2021 | UPDATED: 12:43, Mon, Jan 4, 2021
Holidays have been a nightmare for months on end with countries all around the world establishing strict coronavirus restrictions. The UK also has travel corridors in place meaning any country off the list will see travellers quarantining for 10 days on return to England. So how does the landscape of travel look as the first full week of 2021 begins?
This is the latest Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice for holiday hotspots France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal.France
France is not on the travel corridor list and the FCDO advises against non-essential travel to the country.
What's more, France has blocked UK flights until January 6 amid a new strain of covid identified in this country.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
"Travel restrictions apply to all air, car, ferry and train passengers. If you are due to travel to France please contact your travel operator," said the FCDO.
There are a few exceptions so do check if you are in a category of people authorised to travel.
A negative covid test is also needed. "All travellers from the UK, including children aged 11 and above, will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure," stated the Foreign Office.
Furthermore, "arrivals from the UK will need to complete both a ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight, and a signed ‘travel certificate’ (attestation), confirming their reason for travel," the authority added.
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Holidays: This is the latest Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice (Image: Getty Images)
Holidays: The FCDO is advising against all but essential travel to Italy (Image: Getty Images)
Italy is also off the travel corridor in place with the FCDO advising against all but essential travel.
UK flights are severely restricted until the end of next week. "Until January 15, entry into Italy from the UK is only permitted for those with official residency in Italy OR those with absolute necessity, which must be declared in writing," said the Foreign Office. "You should contact your travel provider for more information."
A negative covid test is required and, until Wednesday, a 14-day quarantine is compulsory for all arrivals to Italy.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
"Until January 6, those wishing to fly must present the airline with a negative COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test taken no more than 72 hours before travel," detailed the FCDO.
"You must also take a COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test on arrival in Italy – arrivals by air from the UK will take this test at the airport.
"Whatever the result of the two swab tests, those arriving in Italy from the UK must also report to their local health authorities on arrival and must quarantine for 14 days."
Travellers also need to download and complete a self-declaration from the Ministry of Interior before travelling to Italy and inform local authorities of their presence.
"This could include an identity card, a registration certificate or a utility bill in your name."
Spain is off the travel corridor list but the