Foreign Office relaxes travel advice for US, Spain, France, Greece

The Foreign Office has relaxed its travel guidance for the US.

In a new travel advisory, the FCDO said it “no longer advises against all but essential travel to the US, based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks.”

The US is on the amber list for travel from England.

Fully-vaccinated travellers to amber list destinations will be able to return without quarantine from July 19, transport secretary Grant Shapps announced yesterday.

The FDCO earlier relaxed guidance to a series of countries including Spain, France and Greece among 21 countries to have the advice against all but essential travel lifted.

Shapps also stressed the importance of holidaymakers checking the FCDO travel advice before they book or travel in his announcement to the House of Commons on Thursday.

Abta has created a hub of information and guidance to help travellers prepare for their next trip, with a page explaining the latest government requirements for travel and a Q&A to answer the most common questions about travelling during the pandemic.

Graeme Buck, director of communications at Abta, said: “There is huge pent-up demand for overseas holidays after so many months of travel restrictions, so many people will be very excited to be able to finally take a well-deserved break to favourite destinations like Spain, Greece and France.

“We’re encouraging anyone who is planning to head overseas this summer to speak to an Abta member. As well as helping their customers to understand what the latest advice means for their travel plans, our members are experts at finding the best holiday to suit their customers’ preferences – and at a competitive price.”

However, restrictions were tightened in Malta. Despite the country being on the government’s green list, the FCDO has updated its travel advice to warn that entry will not be allowed if holidaymakers have received their vaccine from on of three AztraZeneca batches. They are: 4120Z001, 4120Z002 and 4120Z003.

Reports in Malta suggest the country is to ban all visitors who are not fully-vaccinated against Covid-19 from July 14. The Times of Malta says all arrivals must show proof of their double-dose on a certified vaccination certificate, which would include the NHS app.

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