Holiday warning: Portugal, Spain, France & Germany introduce strict new restrictions

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

Though Britons who travel to Portugal, Spain, France and Germany must self-isolate on their return to England, with many flights still operating some holidaymakers are pushing ahead with plans. However, as coronavirus restrictions are once again ramped up across Europe, holidaymakers should be prepared for how these changes may impact their trip.

Travel corridors currently advise Britons against jetting off to some nations.

This is due to the Government’s threshold of more than 20 confirmed cases per 10,000 of the population over the previous seven days.

However, Britons can still choose to jet off if they are able to conform to the two-week quarantine on their return home.

Britons are also still welcome to visit Portugal, Spain, France and Germany, as long as they follow national guidelines.

Portugal’s new restrictions

Holiday hotspot Portugal has enforced new restrictions, though largely far more liberal than some of its European neighbours.

Commercial establishments must close by 11pm, with gatherings limited up to a maximum of five people.

University parties are now banned, meanwhile, weddings and baptisms will only be allowed 50 guests.

Holidays: Surprising destinations people are travelling to now [INSIGHT]
TUI holidays: TUI ramps up Greek island offering [DEAL]
Flights: easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways, Jet2 and TUI latest update [UPDATE]

France’s new restrictions

In France, nine cities have been impacted by night-time curfews.

For at least four weeks, people in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Saint-Etienne, Rouen, Toulouse, Grenoble and Montpellier will have to stay at home between 9pm and 6am.

The news comes as the nation reenters its “state of emergency”.

Bars and restaurants have also been closed in the capital, as well as Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Grenoble and Sint-Etienne.

Despite this, schools will remain open and travel is allowed.

Unlike the UK Government, France is also allowing its citizens to meet in groups of six inside private homes regardless of where they live.

Larger gatherings are limited to groups of 10, while wedding receptions and organised gatherings in hired locations are banned.

Face coverings are compulsory in enclosed public spaces across France.

Spain’s new restrictions

Spain has enforced a 15-day “State of Emergency” in Madrid and nearby areas.

The restrictions ban people from leaving and entering the metropolis unless going to school or work.

Hotels and restaurants have had capacity slashed in half and must close by 11pm.

The same capacity restrictions apply to businesses, which must now shut by 10pm.

Family and social gatherings are allowed but must abide by the rule of six.

Places of worship remain open though capacity is reduced to a third.

Bars and restaurants in the Catalan region, meanwhile, are being forced to close for a fortnight.

Face masks are mandatory by anyone over the age of six everywhere, including outside settings.

Germany’s new restrictions

UK nationals can still enter Germany, though they are subject to a mandatory quarantine period if arriving from certain locations.

These are areas deemed “high risk” by German authorities and include Northern Ireland, North East, North West, Wales, Yorkshire and the Humber, Scotland, and the British overseas territory Gibraltar.

Testing at airports has also been compulsory for people arriving from high-risk countries since September 30.

Large gatherings in the nation have been banned until the end of the year, including public festivals and sporting events.

Face coverings are mandatory in shops and on public transport.

In heavily infected areas, such as Berlin, tighter restrictions are being enforced.

Those in Berlin are now limited to gatherings of no more than 10.

Bars and restaurants must shut by 11pm.

Source: Read Full Article