A HOLIDAY abroad is still on many people’s wish list this year, but choosing where to go can be a struggle due to the coronavirus situation in Europe.
Spain has already been banned for travel by the UK government, in place since July 26, along with Luxembourg on July 31 and Belgium on August 8.
Travel experts believe that the government deems a country “unsafe” for travel if their new cases of coronavirus are above 20 per 100,000 population over a period of seven days.
According to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), this is why Luxembourg (141 per 100k), Spain (98 per 100k) and Belgium (59 per 100k) are now on the travel ban list.
Some countries are also deemed to be at risk – France is a concern for British holidaymakers, which has crept up from 18 to 30 in recent days, along with Malta, at 61 per 100k.
Cyprus (24 per 100k) and Croatia (20 per 100k) are also on the risk list.
Thankfully there are some safer countries which are still under 20 new cases per 100,000 across Europe at the moment.
Here are the European destinations still within the “safe” perimeters – although caution is advised if booking a holiday far in advance, as cases numbers have been rising quickly in recent weeks, in places like Spain.
However, many of these countries also have some of their own restrictions in place for Brits entering the country.
Austria, Norway, Germany, Italy and Finland currently have no travel restrictions.
We’ve picked out some of the most popular places on the list for a beach holiday and listed their travel requirements.
All travellers must have medical checks including temperature checks when entering Turkey, and anyone with symptoms will have a coronavirus test.
A positive result will mean treatment determined by the Minister of Health, or private treatment at your own expense.
All UK travellers entering Greece must fill in a Passenger Locator Form no more than 72 hours before travelling, before showing the relevant QR code at the border.
Anyone without it will be fined €500 or risk being sent home, with tourists and Love Island’s Molly Mae complaining of complications with the entry restrictions.
Egypt is still on the UK travel ban list, although the country is allowing Brits in.
Checks including temperature checks will be conducted when entering Egypt, and all arrivals will need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form and show relevant health insurance.
A negative coronavirus test is required up to 72 hours before travelling if entering Egypt, excluding foreign tourists entering the Red Sea, where Hurghada is located, and South Sinai, where Sharm El-Sheikh is located.
Hungary also has tight restrictions – two negative test results for Covid-19 with a minimum of 48 hours difference between the two tests, taken within the five days prior to your entry date, must be shown when entering to avoid quarantine.
If you test positive for coronavirus, you are refused entry to the country.
Tunisia remains on the UK travel ban list, although Tunisia is allowing entry to Brits.
However, a negative coronavirus test is needed, and a 14-day quarantine is required.
This can be reduced to a seven-day quarantine if you pay for a second coronavirus test after the week self-isolation.
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Portugal is one of the few European locations which has remained on the travel ban list since the air bridges were announced in July.
Despite hopes of Brits returning this month, these are looking unlikely as cases per 100,000 population remain above 20.
Turkey’s plunging lira may be putting the euro and other currencies on edge but it could make the country this summer’s best holiday destination instead.
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