A boost for summer holidays as UK lifts advisories against non-essential travel to France, Greece and Spain

Jul 9, 2021

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There is more good news for Brits looking to salvage their summer and plan a holiday.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) overnight made updates to its travel advice for some of the most popular European holiday destinations. The FCDO is no longer advising against non-essential travel to France, Spain and Greece, which includes all the Greek islands. The wording found on the France travel advice page says the following:

Updated: 8 July 2021

Latest update: The FCDO no longer advises against all but essential travel to France, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

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What does this mean, exactly?

It means travellers can now visit these countries for any reason, including holidays. This is yet another positive step towards the UK resuming normal travel routines. The relaxing of the non-essential travel advisories comes directly on the heels of the government announcing that, from 19 July, fully-vaccinated Brits can now travel to amber list countries — France, Spain and Greece remain on that list —  without having to quarantine once they return to the UK.

July 19 is the day Prime Minister Boris Johnson says will see the lifting of most of the lockdown restrictions in England.

The FCDO also gave the green light for non-essential travel to Switzerland, as well as the United States and Jamaica. However, other popular destinations for Brits, such as Italy, Germany, Portugal, Croatia and Cyprus did not receive these lucky updates. The advisories still recommend against non-essential travel to those nations.

One important factor to keep in mind regarding the FCDO travel advisory updates is how it impacts your travel insurance.

Most travel insurance policies will still cover travellers visiting these countries if the FCDO has removed advice against traveling there. Why? Because tourists would not be traveling against the advice of the government. As TPG previously noted, most travel insurance policies are rendered invalid if one travels against FCDO advice.

Before booking a trip this summer, be sure to check the FCDO website for the latest travel advice.

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