COVID-19 European travel updates

COVID-19 European travel updates

Latest news to help you stay informed about your holidays abroad

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International leisure travel from the UK is currently illegal. European countries have also been restricting movement by implementing new quarantine or entry requirements at short notice and operating various lockdown restrictions within their countries. As a result, we have decided to suspend European campsite bookings for travel dates up to and including 30 June 2021. We will assess the situation as restrictions change and will keep this page updated with the latest information. Campsite bookings for travel dates from 1 July 2021 onwards are possible.

Eurotunnel and the ferry companies continue to operate reduced schedules for essential travel and can be booked for all travel dates.

We're pleased to be able to share our latest information around travel to Europe, in line with guidance from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). For the most up-to-date guidance on overseas travel, visit https://www.gov.uk or https://reopen.europa.eu/en. Please check back regularly for important updates.

Ireland

  • Entry requirements:The Irish Government recommends non-essential travel is avoided. UK arrivals must present a negative PCR Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. In addition, UK arrivals will be advised to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. All arrivals should complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form prior to arrival in Ireland.
  • Return to UK: UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) do not have to self-isolate on return to the UK. However, all passengers must complete a Passenger Locator Form for UK authorities within 48 hours of arrival to the UK border. Visit gov.uk website for details.
  • Face coverings must be worn on public transport, in shops and other indoor public spaces.

For more information on travel restrictions in Ireland, please visit:

Austria

Austria is not currently on the FCDO's list of non-restricted countries to travel to.

  • Entry requirements: Austria has restricted non-essential travel from the UK. You may have to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Austria, unless you have spent the preceding 10 days in a country listed on their exemption list 'Appendix A
  • Return to UK: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:
    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details.   
    • Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number. 
    • On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.
    • For full details see gov.uk.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn on public transport, in shops and in all public indoor spaces if it is not possible to keep 1m apart. 

For more information on travel restrictions in Austria, please visit:

Belgium

Belgium is not currently on the FCDO's list of non-restricted countries to travel to.

Important information:

  • Entry requirements: Belgium has restricted non-essential travel from the UK. You may have to quarantine on arrival to Belgium depending on which country you have travelled from. A mandatory COVID test and 14 days quarantine are required upon arrival from 'red zones' and you should check up to date requirements before travel here: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en
    You will need to complete an online passenger locator form within 48 hours of arrival to Belgium (exempt if total stay in Belgium is less than 48 hours) 
  • Return to UK: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:
    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details.   
    • Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number. 
    • On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.
    • For full details see gov.uk.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn on public transport, in shops and indoors and are recommended where keeping a 1.5m distance is not possible. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from wearing masks.

For more information on travel restrictions in Belgium, please visit:

Croatia

Croatia is not currently on the FCDO's list of non-restricted countries to travel to.

  • Entry requirements: Croatia has restricted non-essential travel from the UK. You may have to quarantine on arrival to Croatia or produce a negative PCR Covid test, check here for latest information, https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212. You must also complete an online entry form prior to arrival at the border with health and contact details. Form available here: https://entercroatia.mup.hr/
  • Return to UK: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:
    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details.   
    • Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number. 
    • On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.
    • For full details see gov.uk.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn on public transport and in shops and are recommended in all other public places.

For more information on travel restrictions in Croatia, please visit:

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is not currently on the FCDO's list of non-restricted countries to travel to.

  • Entry requirements: The Czech Republic has restricted non-essential travel from the UK. You may have to quarantine on arrival to the Czech Republic or produce a negative PCR Covid test. You must also complete a Passenger Locator Form before entering the country. Check here for the latest information https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/coronavirus-information-of-moi.aspx
  • Return to UK: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:
    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details.   
    • Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number. 
    • On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.
    • For full details see gov.uk.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn on public transport and indoors when less than 1.5m apart.

For more information on travel restrictions in the Czech Republic, please visit:

France

France is not currently on the FCDO's list of non-restricted countries to travel to. 
  • Entry requirements: France has restricted non-essential travel from the UK. Only French nationals or French residents or those travelling for certain exceptional reasons can enter and everyone aged above 11 years must present a negative Covid-19 test result carried out less than 72 hours before departure. All travellers must also present a signed attestation confirming their reason for travel and that they have no Covid-19 symptoms. See the French embassy website for more information.
  • Return to UK: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:
    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details. You can find information for Covid-19 testing locations in France here.
    • Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number. 
    • On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.      
    • For full details see gov.uk.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn on public transport and in all indoor public spaces. Also, some regions also insist on coverings being worn in outdoor public areas so you should check and follow local guidance. Children under the age of 11 are exempt from wearing masks. 

For more information on travel restrictions in France, please visit:

 

Germany

Germany is not currently on the FCDO's list of non-restricted countries to travel to.
  • Entry requirements: Germany has restricted non-essential travel from the UK. Travellers must present a negative Covid-19 test result carried out less than 48 hours before departure and self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.
  • Return to UK: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:
    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details.   
    • Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number. 
    • On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.
    • For full details see gov.uk.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn on public transport and in shops, and are recommended where keeping a 1.5m distance is not possible.

For more information on travel restrictions in Germany, please visit:

Italy

Italy is not currently on the FCDO's list of non-restricted countries to travel to.

  • Entry requirements: Italy has restricted travel from the UK. Only those with official residency in Italy or those travelling with absolute necessity will be allowed entry. Travellers must present a negative Covid-19 test result carried out less than 72 hours before entry and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. 
    All travellers must complete a self-declaration form that can be provided to border police if stopped for checks. Download the form here. 
  • Return to UK: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:
    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details.   
    • Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number. 
    • On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.
    • For full details see gov.uk.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn on public transport, in all indoor public spaces and outdoors if within 1m of other people. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from wearing masks.

For more information on travel restrictions in Italy, please visit:

http://www.italia.it/en/useful-info/tourism-restarts-in-italy.html

Luxembourg

Luxembourg is not currently on the FCDO's list of non-restricted countries to travel to. 

  • Entry requirements: Luxembourg has restricted non-essential travel from the UK. On arrival you may need to provide a negative Covid PCR or antigen test result carried out less than 48 hours prior to arrival
  • Return to UK: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:
    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details.   
    • Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number. 
    • On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.
    • For full details see gov.uk.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn on public transport and elsewhere when less than 2m apart. 

 

Netherlands

The Netherlands is not currently on the FCDO's list of non-restricted countries to travel to.

  • Entry requirements: The Netherlands has restricted non-essential travel from the UK. On arrival you will need to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test result carried out less than 72 hours prior to arrival. You will also be required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival.

  • Return to UK: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:

    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details. You can find information for Covid-19 testing locations in the Netherlands at: www.coronalab.euwww.coronasneltestwestland.nl www.hethuisartslab.com
    • Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number. 
    • On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.      
    • For full details see gov.uk.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn on public transport and are recommended where keeping a 1.5m distance is not possible. Children under the age of 13 are exempt from wearing masks.

For more information on travel restrictions in The Netherlands, please visit:

Portugal

Portugal is not currently on the FCDO's list of non-restricted countries to travel to.

  • Entry requirements: Portugal has restricted travel from the UK to Portuguese nationals or residents and travellers need to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result carried out less than 72 hours before arrival.

  • Return to UK: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:
    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details. 
    • Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number. 
    • On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.      
    • For full details see gov.uk.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn on public transport, in shops and in enclosed public places.

For more information on travel restrictions in Portugal, please visit:

 

Slovenia

Slovenia is not currently on the FCDO's list of non-restricted countries to travel to. 

  • Entry requirements: You will need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival unless you can provide a negative Covid PCR test result carried out less than 24 hours before arrival.

  • Return to UK: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:

    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details.   
    • Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number. 
    • On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.
    • For full details see gov.uk.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn on public transport and indoors, and are recommended where it is not possible to keep a 1.5m distance from others.

For more information on travel restrictions in Slovenia, please visit:

Spain

Spain has a national curfew between 23:00 and 06:00 but each Spanish region has the authority to start the curfew earlier, plus apply other restrictions. There may be restrictions against travel between regions or even within regions.

  • Entry requirements: Spain has restricted non-essential travel from the UK and only Spanish nationals and Spanish residents can enter.

    Arrivals to Spanish ports and airports from 'risk' countries must present a negative COVID-19 PCR, TMA or LAMP test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival into Spain. The 72 hour period is from arrival into Spain so travellers should take into account their ferry crossing time to avoid arriving with an out of date test result. The UK is currently classed as a 'risk' country and the UK government asks travellers not to use the NHS testing service for travel purposes but to take a private test. 

    Travellers arriving by sea or air must also complete an online health form within 48 hours of travel and present it on arrival. Form available here: www.spth.gob.es

    Overland travellers to Spain are exempt from these requirements and are not currently required to present a negative Covid-19 test result or Health Control Form on entry by road.

  • Return to the UK: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:
    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details. Tests can be arranged in Spain via these websites: www.medmesafe.comwww.saludsavia.comwww.laboratoriodraconchadelafuente.com 
    • Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number. 
    • On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.
    • For full details see gov.uk
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn on public transport and elsewhere when less than 1.5m apart. Note: in several regions, masks are mandatory in public even if socially distant. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from wearing masks. 

For more information on travel restrictions in Spain, please visit:

Switzerland

Switzerland is not currently on the FCDO's list of non-restricted countries to travel to.

  • Entry requirements: Travellers from the UK are not permitted to enter Switzerland. 
    People arriving in Switzerland from certain countries and regions are required to go into quarantine for 10 days and report their arrival to the cantonal authority responsible within 2 days. More information available at: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html
  • Return to UK: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) must self-isolate for 10 days after arrival and must also:
    • Present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure from the overseas destination. This applies to anyone aged 11 years and above and the transport company will check the test results before boarding is allowed. Covid tests must be of a certain standard and it is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they get a test that meets these requirements, see Covid-19 testing guidance on gov.uk for details.   
    • Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on Day 2 and Day 8 of self-isolation.
    • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where they will self-isolate and the travel test package booking reference number. 
    • On arrival they must travel directly to their place of self-isolation and stay there for 10 days.
    • For full details see gov.uk.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn on public transport and are recommended where keeping a 2m distance is not possible. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from wearing masks.

For more information on travel restrictions in Switzerland please visit:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I travel to Europe with the Club?

Eurotunnel and the ferries are still operating and campsites remain open in Europe but as all routes to mainland Europe go to countries that are no longer exempt from FCO advice against non-essential travel you will be travelling against FCO advice. When travelling in those countries that the FCO advise against non-essential travel your travel insurance will not be valid. Also on your return to the UK you may have to self-isolate/quarantine for 14 days. For specific country info see https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/overseas-holidays/reopening-in-europe/

 

Are all of the European campsites open?

The majority of the campsites in the Club's European programme are open with the exception of a handful of smaller sites that have decided to remain closed for 2020 season.

What have the European campsites done to make it safe for visitors?

Our European campsites are open and operating within local government guidelines to keep guests and staff safe. Swimming pools, toilet blocks and other facilities are open but with limited numbers of guests permitted to ensure social distancing, plus there will be enhanced cleaning regimes. Each campsite will have clear signage or information leaflets available so that you can familiarise yourself with the updated measures which are in operation both on site and within the local area

What if FCDO advice changes when I'm on holiday in Europe?

If UKForeign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) reintroduce a ban on non-essential travel to destinations included in our European programme, it may or may not recommend that all UK citizens return home as soon as possible from that destination. If FCDO do recommend that citizens return home then the Club will help members to amend their travel arrangements to make this happen.

What if FCDO advice changes after I book my holiday but before I leave home?

If the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) reintroduce a ban on non-essential travel to destinations included in our European programme then the Club will contact members who are due to travel imminently to discuss the options.

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