Foreign Office advice for Brits heading to Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Portugal

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The Foreign Office has issued updated travel advice for Brits planning holidays in Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Portugal. As many UK holidaymakers prepare to jet off to these popular European destinations in search of summer sun, it's crucial to be aware of the latest guidelines to ensure a smooth journey.

Regular updates from the Foreign Office provide essential information that tourists need to know before leaving the UK. This includes key advice on passport requirements.

When it comes to passport rules, the requirements are largely the same for Spain, France, Greece, Italy and Portugal, as reported by the Liverpool Echo. Before you can leave the UK, certain conditions must be met regarding your passport.

It's important to verify that your passport meets these requirements prior to travelling. If your passport was issued before October 1, 2018, additional months may have been added to its expiry date.

This advice is based on the UK government's understanding of the current rules for individuals travelling on a full 'British citizen' passport from the UK, for most common types of travel. The authorities in the country you are visiting are responsible for setting and enforcing entry rules.

If you're uncertain about whether these requirements apply to you, it's recommended to get in touch with the local embassy or consulates in the UK.

Do I need a visa?

Typically, you can travel to Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Greece without needing a visa. These countries are part of what's known as the Schengen area of the EU, which allows travel for up to 90 days within any 180-day period without a visa.

This applies if you're travelling as a tourist, visiting family or friends, attending business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training. The area encompasses 26 countries in total.

Do I need a vaccination?

Currently, there are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for those entering Italy. However, the advice for Spain, Portugal, France, and Greece states: "Countries may restrict travel or bring in rules at short notice."

"Check with your travel provider for changes."