Latest UK Foreign Office travel advice for Cyprus, Crete, Malta, Ibiza and other Mediterranean islands – My London
The travel advice is changing all the time and it can be tricky to keep up with the latest rules.
One of the best bits of news for holidaymakers is that the government has decided to assess islands separately to the mainland country as often the coronavirus cases are much lower there.
But before you go booking a holiday to a sunny Mediterranean island you better check if you’ll have to quarantine when you return.
Here is the latest travel advice for Cyprus, Crete, Malta, Ibiza, Sicily and other major Mediterranean islands.
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Starting off with some good news, you’re fine to fly to Cyprus without having to quarantine on your return.
You will however need to provide a negative test on arrival in the country, obtained within 72 hours before travel.
While some of Greece is on the air bridge list, Crete is not.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development office (FCDO) advise against all but essential travel to the island, meaning you will have to quarantine on your return.
If you decide to travel to Malta you will need to self-isolate for 14 days on your return.
On the plus side, when you arrive in the island you won’t need to quarantine, just have your temperature checked.
The ultimate party island is a no-go for the moment.
All of Spain is off the cards for now, including all the Balearic and Canary Islands.
Italy is possibly one of the best places to holiday in at the moment – you can go there, including Sicily, without quarantine on either side.
Just like all the other Spanish islands, the government advises against all but essential travel to Mallorca.
This lovely Balearic island is also off the cards.
If you decide to go anyway you’ll need to quarantine on your return, and arriving on the island you’ll need to undergo a temperature check and visual health assessment.
Sadly the government advises against all but essential travel to France – including Corsica.
You won’t be able to wander the streets of Corsica just yet (Image: British Airways)
While Italy is on the list of countries you can travel to without self-isolation on return, there has been an increase in coronavirus cases in Sardinia.
The government has left it on the exemption list, but be aware that this might change soon. If you are travelling to Sardinia, you must register your trip in advance with the local authorities.
One of the most popular Greek holiday islands is one you can happily still travel to without having to quarantine.
The beautiful Greek island is sadly one of those that you can’t travel to without self-isolating for two weeks on your return.
This island is another that comes under the umbrella of places still on the exemption list. All you’ll have to do is fill out a few forms either end of your journey and you’re good to go.
You’re able to travel to Kos without having to self-isolate at either end, so you can enjoy the beaches without any worries.
Zakynthos, also known as Zante, is another Greek island that you’re not allowed to travel to unless you want to quarantine on your return to the UK.
While mainland Portugal is on the list of countries where the government advises against all but essential travel, Madeira is fine – you’ll not have to quarantine on return, and the same goes for the Azores.
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The only important point is if you are travelling to Scotland from mainland Portugal or the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days on your return.
To check travel advice for any country the the government’s Foreign Travel Advice tool here.