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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Last updated 8 June 2021

Following the latest UK Government announcement on 7 May 2021, we are pleased to provide an update on European travel in line with guidance from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), UK Government and European Governments.

Travel to most European countries still remains restricted based on the latest advice from the UK Government and Scottish Government, and many countries themselves still have strict entry requirements, quarantine rules or local lockdowns in place. 

The current situation means that our European campsites are not available to be booked for travel dates up to and including 14 July 2021. We are currently taking campsite bookings for travel dates from 15 July 2021 onwards. We are continually monitoring the situation and will keep this page updated with the latest information. Eurotunnel and the ferry companies continue to operate reduced schedules for essential travel and can be booked for all travel dates.

See the latest information for each European country

For the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice 

For the latest advice on the situation in each European country please visit: https://reopen.europa.eu/en

Rest assured that as a Club, we're keeping a very close eye on developments and reviewing the situation twice weekly to ensure we can open up European travel to you all as soon as we're able to. 

Important information from the devolved administrations

Following the latest Welsh administration announcement on 14 May 2021, people who reside in Wales are being asked not to travel abroad in 2021.

The Northern Ireland Executive has not yet published any further guidance on international travel.

We know how keen our members are to get away overseas, and while we may not be able to travel widely just yet, we are clearly now on the road to recovery and hope to reopen our European travel programme again in the coming weeks. 

We'll keep this page updated as and when things change so please check back regularly for important updates.

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We appreciate that at this time some members may not feel comfortable travelling overseas so we are being as flexible as we can be.  

As part of our Book with Confidence commitments, if you wish to change your travel plans, we are pleased to advise that we are currently waiving our Club amendment and Club cancellation fees for all bookings regardless of European travel destination or travel date.

Please note that while the Club is waiving our own amendment and cancellation fees, there may still be charges applicable from ferry companies, Eurotunnel or campsites, but we will do our best to work with suppliers to keep these to a minimum. For amendments, any difference in the crossing fare or campsite fees will still apply. 

Eurotunnel and most ferry companies have not cancelled their services and are encouraging amendments to travel later this year or issuing vouchers which can be used against future travel.

Please call us on 01342 316 101, our team will be happy to help.  

Austria

  • FCDO advice: Advise against all but essential travel to Austria  
  • Entry requirements: Austria has restricted non-essential travel from the UK. 
  • Restrictions in country: 
    • Shops, hospitality and cultural attractions open but with restrictions.  
    • To gain entry to restaurants, tourist accommodation and indoor attractions guests need to provide a negative Covid-19 test result or proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from Covid-19. 
    • FFP2 standard face masks are compulsory for anyone over 14 years old in all enclosed public spaces and where 2m distance is not possible.
  • Further information: https://www.sozialministerium.at/
  • 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.

Belgium

  • FCDO advice: Advise against all but essential travel to Belgium  
  • Entry requirements: Belgium has restricted non-essential travel from the UK. 
    • Online passenger locator form to be completed before arrival to Belgium (https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/travel_to_belgium)
    • Proof of negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of entry
    • You may have to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Belgium, if travelling from a 'red zone' plus take Covid tests on day 1 and 7
  • Restrictions in country: Shops, hospitality, cultural attractions open with restrictions. Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces and where 2m distance is not possible 
  • Further information: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/travel_to_belgium
  • 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.

Croatia

  • FCDO advice: Advise against all but essential travel to Croatia
  • Entry requirements: Croatia has restricted non-essential travel from the UK.
    • Online entry form to be completed prior to arrival at the border with health and contact details. Form available here: https://entercroatia.mup.hr/
    • Proof of negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours of entry
  • Restrictions in country: Shops, hospitality, cultural attractions open with restrictions. Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces and where 1.5m distance is not possible
  • Further information: https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212 or https://www.koronavirus.hr/travelling-find-all-important-information-in-one-place/210
  • 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.

Czech Republic

  • FCDO advice:Advise against all but essential travel to the Czech Republic
  • Entry requirements: The Czech Republic has restricted non-essential travel from the UK.
    • Passenger Locator Form to be completed before entering the country. Form available here: https://plf.uzis.cz/
    • Proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours of entry
    • You may have to quarantine for 5 days on arrival before taking another Covid test
  • Restrictions in country: Non-essential shops and hospitality closed.
    • FFP2 standard face masks are compulsory for anyone over 15 years old in all enclosed public spaces and where 2m distance is not possible.
  • Further information: https://www.mvcr.cz/ and 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

France

  • FCDO advice: Advise against all but essential travel to France
  • Entry requirements:
    • Sworn statement to be completed before entry ( French embassy website )
    • Proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of entry
    • Quarantine for 7 days on arrival before taking another Covid test
  • Restrictions in country: Curfew 21:00-06:00. Shops, hospitality and cultural attractions are open but with restrictions. Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces and some outdoor spaces
  • Further information: https://uk.ambafrance.org/
  • 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.

Germany

  • FCDO advice: Advise against all but essential travel to Germany
  • Entry requirements: Germany has restricted non-essential travel from the UK and you can only enter if you are a German citizen or resident.
    • An online register must be completed if you`ve been in a 'risk area' in previous 10 days https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de
    • Proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR, TMA or LAMP test within 48 hours of entry
    • Quarantine for 10 days on arrival if been in a `risk area` in previous 10 days
  • Restrictions in country: Shops, hospitality and cultural attractions open with restrictions. Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces and where 1.5m distance is not possible
  • Further information: https://www.bmi.bund.de/
  • 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.

Ireland

  • FCDO advice: No advice against travel
  • Entry requirements: The Irish Government recommends non-essential travel is avoided.
    • A Public Health Passenger Locator Form to be completed prior to arrival in Ireland.
    • Proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of entry
    • Quarantine for 14 days on arrival
  • Restrictions in country: Shops and hospitality open with restrictions. Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces and where 2m distance is not possible
  • Further information: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/
  • 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 for details.

Italy

  • FCDO advice: Advise against all but essential travel to Italy   
  • Entry requirements: Italy permits entry from the UK but leisure travel is discouraged 
    • A self-declaration form to be completed before entry. Download the form here.
    • Proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours of entry
    • Quarantine for 5 days on arrival before taking another test.  
    • Must register with the regional authorities
  • Restrictions in country: Curfew 10pm - 5am. Regional restrictions in place for shops and hospitality. Some restrictions on inter-regional travel. Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces and where 1m distance is not possible
  • Further information: http://www.italia.it/en/useful-info/tourism-restarts-in-italy.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.

Luxembourg

  • FCDO advice: Advise against all but essential travel to Luxembourg  
  • Entry requirements: Luxembourg has restricted non-essential travel from the UK.
  • Restrictions in country: Shops, hospitality and cultural attractions open with restrictions.  Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces and where 2m distance is not possible
  • Further information: https://covid19.public.lu/en/travellers/visiting-luxembourg.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.

Netherlands

  • FCDO advice: Advise against all but essential travel to the Netherlands.  
  • Entry requirements: The Netherlands has restricted non-essential travel from the UK
    • Proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR, TMA or LAMP test within 24 hours of entry
    • Quarantine for 10 days on arrival
  • Restrictions in country: Shops and hospitality open with restrictions. Cultural attractions closed. Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces.
  • Further information: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/tourism-in-the-netherlands
  • 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.eu, www.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.

Portugal

  • FCDO advice: No advice against travel
  • Entry requirements: Portugal allows travel from the UK by air and everyone must complete a Passenger Locator Card and present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of entry. Overland entry to Portugal from Spain is possible but you should check the requirements for entering and transiting Spain before travel.  
  • Restrictions in country: Shops, hospitality and cultural attractions open with some local restrictions in place. Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces and where 2m distance is not possible
  • Further information: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/node/421175
  • Return to UK: All arrivals to the UK (visitors and returning residents) who have not been in any country in the previous 10 days must:
    • 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.
    • PLEASE NOTE: if you travel through any other country to return to the UK then you must follow the Traffic Light system rules for the highest risk country that you have travelled in.

Slovenia

  • FCDO advice: Advise against all but essential travel to Slovenia   
  • Entry requirements: Slovenia has restricted non-essential travel from the UK
    • Proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of entry
    • Quarantine for 10 days on arrival if you've been in a 'risk' country in previous 10 days
  • Restrictions in country: Curfew 10pm - 5am. Shops, hospitality and cultural attractions open with restrictions. Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces and where 1.5m distance is not possible 
  • Further information: https://www.policija.si/ and https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/border-crossing/
  • 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.

Spain

  • FCDO advice: Advise against all but essential travel to Spain   
  • Entry requirements: Spain has removed the entry restrictions for arrivals coming directly from the UK. If arriving into Spain by land from France a negative Covid-19 PCR test result is required.   
    • For all arrivals an online health form to be completed within 48 hours of arrival. Form available here: www.spth.gob.es
  • Restrictions in country: Curfew from 11pm - 6am. Shops, hospitality and cultural attractions open with restrictions that vary by region. Face masks must be worn in all public spaces, both indoor and outdoor.
  • Further information: https://www.spain.info/en_GB/reportajes/informacion-practica-turistas-covid-19-viajar-espana.html and https://www.spth.gob.es/
  • 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.com, www.saludsavia.com, www.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

Switzerland

  • FCDO advice: Advise against all but essential travel to Switzerland 
  • Entry requirements: Switzerland has restricted non-essential travel from the UK.
    • Online form to be completed prior to entry - form available here: https://swissplf.admin.ch/formular
    • Proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of entry if you've been in a risk country in the previous 10 days.
    • Quarantine for 10 days on arrival if been in a 'risk area' in previous 10 days
  • Restrictions in country: Shops, hospitality and cultural attractions open with restrictions. Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces and where 1.5m distance is not possible.
  • Further information: https://www.bag.admin.ch/
  • 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