European travel updates

European travel updates

Latest news to help you stay informed about your holidays abroad

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Following the UK Government announcement placing the whole of England into a countrywide lockdown, plus the various lockdown restrictions in place across Europe we have decided to suspend European campsite bookings for travel dates up to and including 31 December 2020. We will assess the situation as restrictions are lifted and will keep this page updated with the latest information. Campsite bookings for travel dates from 1 January 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: Irish government say non-essential travel is to be avoided.
    UK arrivals must quarantine on arrival in Ireland for 14 days.
  • 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: You do not have to quarantine on arrival in Austria. If you are travelling to Austria and have spent time within the last 10 days in Croatia, Portugal or Spain you must present a negative COVID test result obtained within 72 hours of arrival at border or quarantine for 10 days after entry. 
  • Return to UK: UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) must self-isolate for 14 days on return to the UK after 22 August. 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: 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: 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: UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) must self-isolate on return to the UK. 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: 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, and therefore you will not be able to book campsites in Croatia through the Club for travel dates in 2020.

  • Entry requirements: You do not have to quarantine on arrival in Croatia.
    You must complete an online entry form prior to arrival at the border with health and contact details. Once completed, a certificate will be sent for display in car window at the border. Form available here: https://entercroatia.mup.hr/
  • Return to UK: UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) must self-isolate for 14 days on return to the UK after 22 August. 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: 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, and therefore you will not be able to book campsites in the Czech Republic through the Club for travel dates in 2020.

  • Entry requirements: You do not have to quarantine on arrival in Czech Republic.
  • Return to UK: UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) must self-isolate for 14 days on return to the UK from 29 August. 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: 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:

Denmark

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

  • Entry requirements: From 26 September, UK residents will only be allowed into Denmark if they can provide evidence of a 'worthy' purpose to enter (tourism does not qualify for a 'worthy' purpose) 
  • Return to UK: UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) must self-isolate on return to the UK. 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: These are compulsory on public transport and recommended where keeping a distance of 1m from other people is not possible. 

France

From 30 October, the French authorities will impose strict new lockdown measures to help control the spread of Covid-19 and only essential movements are allowed across the country.  All non-essential businesses must close and anyone who is outside must carry an 'exemption certificate' justifying their presence outside. These forms can be found at:  https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/ressources-a-partager
 
Note: transit related to long distance journeys is a justified reason for being outside and UK residents can travel through France en route to their home but must have a completed exemption certificate to present to police if asked. 
  • Entry requirements: You do not currently have to quarantine on arrival in France. Travellers may be required to show a completed 'sworn statement' (declaration sur l'honneur) self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with COVID-19 and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This statement is available in English at https://uk.ambafrance.org/
  • Return to UK: UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) returning to UK on or after 15th August must self-isolate for 14 days.. 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: 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

From 2 November, the German authorities will apply tighter restrictions to help control the spread of Covid-19 by greatly reducing contact between households. From 2 - 30 November all hospitality, entertainment and leisure venues must close and tourism is discouraged.
  • Entry requirements: Travellers entering Germany from a designated high-risk area must present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival or quarantine for 14 days on arrival. This applies to the UK which is designated high risk and also if you are travelling through Europe in the 14 days prior to arrival in Germany you should check how those countries are listed. More information can be found at https://www.rki.de
  • Return to UK: UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) must self-isolate on return to the UK. 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: 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:

Hungary

Hungary is not currently on the FCDO's list of non-restricted countries to travel to, and therefore you will not be able to book campsites in Hungary through the Club until further notice.

  • Entry requirements: Hungary has closed its borders to most foreign nationals except for some limited circumstances. Visit gov.uk website for details.
  • Return to UK: UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) must self-isolate for 14 days on return to the UK after 12 September. 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: Face coverings must be worn on public transport and in shops, and are recommended elsewhere it is not possible to remain 1.5m apart.

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

Italy

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

  • Entry requirements: You must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours of arrival to Italy from the UK or from certain neighbouring countries, or have a test at the border where possible, or within 48 hours of arrival into Italy. Whilst waiting for test results you must self-isolate. (There is an exception for this if the traveller is transiting through Italy for a period not exceeding 36 hours.)

    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: UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) must self-isolate for 14 days on return to the UK. 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.
  • 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, and therefore you will not be able to book campsites in Luxembourg through the Club for travel dates in 2020.

Important information:

  • You do not have to quarantine on arrival in Luxembourg.
  • UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) must self-isolate on return to the UK. 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 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: You do not currently have to quarantine on arrival in The Netherlands.
  • Return to UK: UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) returning to UK on or after 15th August must self-isolate for 14 days
  • 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: 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: You do not have to quarantine on arrival in Portugal.
  • Return to UK: UK Residents (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) must self-isolate for 14 days on return to the UK. 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: 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 have to have a health check at the border into Slovenia. If COVID-19 symptoms are displayed, entry will be denied.
  • You do not have to quarantine on arrival in Slovenia.
  • Return to UK: UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) must self-isolate for 14 days on return to the UK. 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: 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 on movement between regions. 

  • Entry requirements: From 23 November arrivals to Spanish ports and airports from 'risk' countries must present a negative COVID-19 PCR 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 PCR test or Health Control Form on entry by road.
  • Return to the UK: UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) must self-isolate on return to the UK. 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: 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, and therefore you will not be able to book campsites in Switzerland through the Club for travel dates in 2020.

  • Entry requirements: 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. From 28 September this applies to UK residents and those who have spent time in several other European countries and regions during the 14 days prior to entry to Switzerland. 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: UK residents (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) must self-isolate for 14 days on return to the UK from 29 August. 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: 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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