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    • Latest travel news for customers travelling to Turkey

      We're delighted that we are able to offer holidays to Turkey from Wednesday 22 September!

      Please see below the latest entry requirements for customers travelling to Turkey.  You should also make sure you check the latest news before you travel, as advice can change at the last minute.  You will find the latest news here:  FCDO Travel Advice for Turkey

      Provide a negative COVID-19 test result

      To enter Turkey, all arrivals from the UK must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours of your scheduled arrival time. This applies even if you’re fully vaccinated. 

      Children aged 11yrs and under are exempt from the above.

      Complete a form

      You will need to complete an online entry form before you travel to Turkey.  This must be completed with 72 hours of travel. 

      Face masks

      You must wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights, to and from Turkey.

      Testing / screening on arrival

      All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Arrivals may be subject to random PCR testing on arrival.

      Passengers from the UK require a negative PCR test, within 72 hours of arrival, to enter Turkey.

      Returning back to the UK

      Turkey will be on the Amber list for entry back into the UK from 4am on Wednesday 22 September.  You must therefore also ensure you arrange the appropriate tests and forms for when you return home.  You can find out more about what you need to do in our articles here:

      Where can I get a private Covid 19 Test?

      What does it mean if my holiday is on the Government's "Amber List"?

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    • Latest travel news for customers travelling to Italy

      We're delighted that we are able to offer holidays to Italy!

      Please see below the latest entry requirements for customers travelling to Italy.  You should also make sure you check the latest news before you travel, as advice can change at the last minute.  You will find the latest news here:  FCDO Travel Advice for Italy

      Testing before you travel

      PCR Test - You must present your airline with a negative COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test taken no more than 2 days (48 hours) before travel.

      Children aged five and under are exempt.

      Complete a form

      Before travel, you must complete an online digital form. This will generate a QR code, which should be presented to your travel provider and Border Police if requested. A paper form can be completed if you do not have an electronic device.

      Vaccinated travellers

      If you have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before your arrival into Italy, you no longer need to quarantine.  You still need to provide a negative test taken within 48 hours of arrival into Italy. 

      You can find out how to obtain your evidence by visiting the Government website:

      Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad

      Non-vaccinated travellers

      If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate on arrival in Italy for five days. Once you’ve completed your five days of self-isolation, you must take a COVID-19 test for release.

      Children aged five and under are exempt.

      Let the authorities know of your arrival

      Everyone arriving in Italy must also call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are travelling to within 48 hours of arrival, to inform them of your visit.

      Wear a surgical medical mask whilst on board flight to and from Italy 

      You’ll need to wear a surgical medical mask or filtering face-piece of level 2 or higher throughout your whole journey to and from Italy.

      Returning back to the UK

      Italy is on the Amber list for entry back into the UK.  You must therefore also ensure you arrange the appropriate tests and forms for when you return home.  You can find out more about what you need to do in our articles here:

      Where can I get a private Covid 19 Test?

      What does it mean if my holiday is on the Government's "Amber List"?

       
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    • Latest travel news for customers travelling to Croatia

      We're delighted that Croatia is welcoming UK visitors for their well-earned holidays.

      Please see below the latest entry requirements for customers travelling to Croatia.  You should also make sure you check the latest news before you travel, as advice can change at the last minute.  You will find the latest news here:  FCDO Travel Advice for Croatia

      Entry Requirements

      You will need to do the following:

      Provide a negative COVID-19 test result

      To enter Croatia, all arrivals from the UK must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, even if you’re fully vaccinated. This can be either a COVID-19 antigen test taken within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time or a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of your scheduled arrival time.

      Children aged 11yrs and under are exempt from the above

      Forms and additional documents

      You will need to complete an online entry form before you travel to Croatia.

      You will also need to be able to demonstrate proof you have paid for your accommodation so you should have a copy of your booking confirmation with you you.  

      Returning back to the UK

      Croatia is on the Green list for entry back into the UK.  You must therefore also ensure you arrange the appropriate tests and forms for when you return home.  You can find out more about what you need to do in our articles here:

      Where can I get a private Covid 19 Test?

      What does it mean if my holiday is on the Government's "Green List"?

      If the traffic light category changes whilst you are away, then you will need to comply with the requirements for the category in place for when you return home.  For example, if the category changes from green to amber, you will need to comply with the amber regulations.

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    • Latest travel news for customers travelling to Cyprus

      We're delighted that Cyprus is welcoming UK visitors for their well-earned holidays.

      Please see below the latest entry requirements for customers travelling to Cyprus.  You should also make sure you check the latest news before you travel, as advice can change at the last minute.  You will find the latest news here: FCDO Travel Advice for Cyprus

      Entry into Cyprus

      Fill out overseas passenger locator form before you travel

      You must complete an online overseas passenger locator form, known as a Cyprus Flight Pass, before you depart and have a copy ready to show at boarding and at border control.

      You'll need to upload proof of your vaccination status or test results to your Cyprus Flight Pass before you travel

      If you don’t complete this before you travel, you won’t be able to board your flight.

      Provide proof of full vaccination or take a COVID-19 test before you depart and on arrival

      Everyone, except children under 12, will have to either:

      • Provide proof of full vaccination: If you’re fully vaccinated - at least 14 days before your arrival, you’ll need to provide proof to enter Cyprus. An NHS COVID Pass shows your COVID-19 vaccination details and will be accepted. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

      You can find out how to obtain your evidence by visiting the Government website:

      Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad

      • Take a COVID-19 test before you depart and on arrival: If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, you’ll have to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. This should be taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival time into Cyprus and the result must be uploaded to your Cyprus Flight Pass within 24 hours of your departure. You’ll also have to pay to take a COVID-19 test on arrival at the airport in Cyprus and self-isolate until you get the result. Test results should be available within three hours.  Please note, the UK Government has advised that you can’t use the free NHS tests for international travel as the result certificates don’t contain all the required information.

      Local restrictions in Cyprus

      If you have not been fully vaccinated, and you’re staying longer than seven days, you’ll have to take either a PCR or rapid antigen COVID-19 test on day eight of your stay and every 72 hours after. 

      To assist with this, most pharmacies offer the Antigen testing and there are numerous walk-in centres locally.  The cost of the test is capped at €10 and applies to anyone aged 12 years and over. 

      Returning back to the UK

      Cyprus is on the Amber list for entry back into the UK.  You must therefore also ensure you arrange the appropriate tests and forms for when you return home.  You can find out more about what you need to do in our articles here:

      Where can I get a private Covid 19 Test?

      What does it mean if my holiday is on the Government's "Amber List"?

      Read more
    • Latest travel news for customers travelling to France & Corsica

      We're delighted that France & Corsica are welcoming UK visitors for their well-earned holidays.

      Please see below the latest entry requirements for customers travelling to France.  You should also make sure you check the latest news before you travel, as advice can change at the last minute.  You will find the latest news here: FCDO Travel Advice for France

      Entry to France, including Corsica

      France will only allow fully vaccinated travellers for leisure purposes. 

      Travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers will need to present the following documents:

      • Complete a Form - a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website
      • Vaccine Status - show proof of vaccination status

      Children aged 12 years old or over who are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult are required to present a negative test result (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of departure. However, they do not need to provide an essential reason for travel, nor do they need to self-isolate on arrival.

      Demonstrating your vaccination status

      France will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record at the border.  Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

      If you are due to travel to France, and have not yet received your vaccinations, you can find out more about your options in our article: Do I need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel?

      Returning back to the UK

      France is on the Amber list for entry back into the UK. You must therefore also ensure you arrange the appropriate tests and forms for when you return home.  You can find out more about what you need to do in our articles here:

      Where can I get a private Covid 19 Test?

      What does it mean if my holiday is on the Government's "Amber List"?

       

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    • Latest travel news for customers travelling to Greece

      We're delighted that we are able to offer holidays to Greece!

      Please see below the latest entry requirements for customers travelling to Greece.  You should also make sure you check the latest news before you travel, as advice can change at the last minute.  You will find the latest news here:  FCDO Travel Advice for Greece

      Provide proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result or recovery from COVID-19

      Everyone, except children under 12, will have to show either:

      • Vaccination status: If you’re fully vaccinated at least 14 days before your arrival in Greece, you’ll need to show proof of this. Find out how to get proof of your vaccine status.
      • Negative COVID-19 test result: If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, you’ll have to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result. This can either be a:
        • Negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken, at most, 72 hours before your scheduled arrival time.
        • Negative COVID-19 antigen test result, taken, at most, 48 hours before your scheduled arrival time.
      • Proof of recovery from COVID-19: If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, you can show evidence of recovery by presenting either:
        • A positive COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken in the 30-180 days before departure and performed by an authorised private laboratory.
        • Your NHS Covid Pass, which contains your COVID-19 test status if you tested positive via an NHS COVID-19 PCR test in the 30-180 days before departure.
        • You can show your EU Digital COVID Certificate if you’re an EU citizen.

      The UK Government has advised that you can’t use the free NHS tests for international travel as the result certificates don’t contain all the required information.

      Passenger Locator Form

      You must complete an overseas passenger locator form before you travel to Greece. Once you’ve completed the form, you’ll be sent a QR code via email. If you don’t complete this and show your QR code at the airport, you will not be able to board your flight.

      Everyone, including children, must have their details included. So if you’re travelling together as a household, you’ll need to complete one form with all adults and children included. You can add additional members of your household at the top of the form before you submit.

      Returning back to the UK

      Greece is on the Amber list for entry back into the UK.  You must therefore also ensure you arrange the appropriate tests and forms for when you return home.  You can find out more about what you need to do in our articles here:

      Where can I get a private Covid 19 Test?

      What does it mean if my holiday is on the Government's "Amber List"?

      Read more
    • Latest travel news for customers travelling to Madeira

      We're delighted that Madeira is welcoming UK visitors for their well-earned holidays.

      Please see below the latest entry requirements for customers travelling to Madeira.  You should also make sure you check the latest news before you travel, as advice can change at the last minute.  You will find the latest news here:  FCDO Travel Advice for Portugal

      Provide proof of full vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test result

      If you're travelling to Madeira, you'll have to do one of the following - this excludes children aged 11 and under.

      • Provide proof of full vaccination on arrival: If you’re fully vaccinated at least 15 days before your arrival, you won’t need to provide a negative test result to travel to Madeira. Instead, you’ll need to provide proof of full vaccination. 
      • Provide proof of recovery from COVID-19: You can show your NHS Covid Pass, which contains your COVID-19 test status if you tested positive via an NHS COVID-19 PCR test in the 11-180 days before departure. You can show your EU Digital COVID Certificate if you’re an EU citizen.
      • Take a FREE COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and self-isolate until you get your result: Once you’ve taken the test at the airport in Madeira, you’ll have to isolate at your accommodation until you get your results – this can take about 12 hours.
      • Take a COVID-19 PCR test and upload a negative result before travel to arrive without self-isolating: If you’d prefer not to self-isolate on arrival, you can take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before your departure to Madeira. A PCR test result is the only type that’ll be accepted. You must upload your negative test result to your overseas passenger locator form before you go or you’ll be refused travel.

      Fill out overseas passenger locator form before you travel

      Before you travel to Madeira, you must complete the online form here. If you’re travelling with a child aged 12 or under, please include their details in your form.

      This is where you’ll also need to upload your test result, if you choose to take a COVID-19 PCR test before travel.

      There’s also an app where you can complete your overseas passenger locator form and upload your COVID-19 PCR test to. The Madeiran authorities recommend you download it for an easier travel experience.

      If you don’t complete this form, you will not be able to board your flight.

      Screening on arrival

      You will be subject to health screening on arrival. You will be asked to show:

      • your COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate; or
      • your RT-PCR COVID-19 negative test certificate if you have not uploaded it to your passenger questionnaire

      If you are unable to show one of these certificates, you will have to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and remain at your accommodation until the results are known. This will take about 12 hours.

      If your test is positive or inconclusive, you will have to repeat the test until the result is negative and remain in isolation at your accommodation.

      Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status

      If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days, or have had both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel, you will be exempt from showing a RT-PCR test on entry to Madeira. 

      The authorities in Madeira will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

      If you have recovered from COVID-19, you will need to show a medical report as evidence of your recovery in the last 180 days before travel.

      Returning back to the UK

      Madeira is on the Green list for entry back into the UK.  You must therefore also ensure you arrange the appropriate tests and forms for when you return home.  You can find out more about what you need to do in our articles here:

      Where can I get a private Covid 19 Test?

      What does it mean if my holiday is on the Government's "Green List"?

      If the traffic light category changes whilst you are away, then you will need to comply with the requirements for the category in place for when you return home.  For example, if the category changes from green to amber, you will need to comply with the amber regulations.

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    • Latest travel news for customers travelling to Portugal (Mainland)

      We're delighted that Portugal are welcoming UK visitors for their well-earned holidays.

      Please see below the latest entry requirements for customers travelling to Portugal.  You should also make sure you check the latest news before you travel, as advice can change at the last minute.  You will find the latest news here:  FCDO Travel Advice for Portugal

      Testing Requirements

      You and all your party, except children under 12, must take a COVID-19 test and provide a negative result. This can either be a:

      • Negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken, at most, 72 hours before your departure.
      • Negative COVID-19 LAMP test result, taken, at most, 72 hours before your departure.
      • Negative COVID-19 TMA test result, taken, at most, 72 hours before your departure.
      • Negative COVID-19 antigen test result, taken, at most, 48 hours before your departure.
      • EU Digital COVID Certificate: If you have an EU Digital COVID Certificate you don’t need a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Portugal. Instead, you’ll have to show your EU Digital COVID Certificate. This is available for EU citizens, and those of Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, and non-EU nationals living in EU member states. As the UK is no longer part of the EU, the EU Digital COVID Certificate isn’t available to most Britons.

      Please note, the UK Government has advised that you can’t use the free NHS tests for international travel as the result certificates don’t contain all the required information.

      You must show your test certificate before you board your flight to Portugal. Your airline is likely to deny boarding if you cannot show this at check-in. Check with your airline before you travel.

      Screening on arrival

      You will be subject to health screening on arrival. If your temperature is 38ºC or over or you show signs of being unwell, you may be required to take a further COVID-19 test and remain at the airport until you receive your test result.

      Forms to complete before you travel

      Everyone, including children, must complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

      Requirements before you check in to your accommodation

      In addition to the above entry requirements, you will also need to show proof of your vaccination status or negative test results to check into your accommodation.  You will need to submit this directly to the accommodation provider before you arrive at the villa.  We will let you know how to do this on your travel documents.  

      Returning back to the UK

      Mainland Portugal is on the Amber list for entry back into the UK.  You must therefore also ensure you arrange the appropriate tests and forms for when you return home.  You can find out more about what you need to do in our articles here:

      Where can I get a private Covid 19 Test?

      What does it mean if my holiday is on the Government's "Amber List"?

       

      Read more
    • Latest news for customers travelling to Malta & Gozo

      We're delighted that Malta & Gozo are welcoming UK visitors for their well-earned holidays.

      Please see below the latest entry requirements for customers travelling to Malta & Gozo.  You should also make sure you check the latest news before you travel, as advice can change at the last minute.  You will find the latest news here:  FCDO Travel Advice for Malta

      Pre-arrival requirements

      All arrivals from the UK aged 12 or over must show proof of full vaccination to enter Malta – please note, you’ll need to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before your arrival.  If you live in England, Malta will accept the NHS COVID Pass (both the Digital App and letter versions) as proof of your vaccination status. If you live in Scotland or Wales, Malta will accept your respective NHS letter. See ‘Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status’

      There are exemptions for pregnant women and children:

      • Children aged 5-11 will have to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result instead of proof of full vaccination. This should be taken within 72 hours before your arrival in Malta.
      • Children aged 4 and under are exempt.
      • Pregnant women will have to show all of the following instead of proof of full vaccination:
          • Evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival in Malta.
          • Doctor’s letter
          • Proof of pregnancy

      Everyone must complete a Public Health Travel Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form. You must show both forms to airline officials on departure and health officials stationed at the Terminal Temperature Screening Points when you arrive in Malta.

      If you are due to travel to Malta, and have not yet received your vaccination, you can find out more about your options in our article: Do I need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel?

      Returning back to the UK

      The Malta & Gozo are on the Green list for entry back into the UK.  You must therefore also ensure you arrange the appropriate tests and forms for when you return home.  You can find out more about what you need to do in our articles here:

      Where can I get a private Covid 19 Test?

      What does it mean if my holiday is on the Government's "Green List"?

      If the traffic light category changes whilst you are away, then you will need to comply with the requirements for the category in place for when you return home.  For example, if the category changes from green to amber, you will need to comply with the amber regulations.

       

       

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    • Latest travel news for customers travelling to the Balearic Islands

      We're delighted that Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza are welcoming UK visitors for their well-earned holidays.

      Please see below the latest entry requirements for customers travelling to Spain.  You should also make sure you check the latest news before you travel, as advice can change at the last minute.  You will find the latest news here: FCDO Travel Advice for Spain

      Entry to Spain, including the Balearic Islands

      The Spanish government will require all arrivals to Spain (including to the Balearic Islands) to provide one of the following:

      • Proof of full vaccination: If you’re fully vaccinated at least 14 days before your arrival, you’ll need to provide proof to enter the Balearic Islands. An NHS COVID Pass shows your COVID-19 vaccination details and will be accepted. 

      You can find out how to obtain your evidence by visiting the Government website:

      Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad

      Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

      • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result: If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 NAAT test (PCR, LAMP, TMA or NEAR) taken within within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival time into the Balearic Islands. Please note, rapid antigen test results will not be accepted.

      The above requirements do not apply for children aged 11yrs and under.

      All travellers must complete a form

      All travellers must also complete a Health Control form no more than 48 hours prior to arriving in the Balearics.  Please make sure you include all children travelling, regardless of their age. Once you complete the form, you will receive a QR code which you will need to present both at the time you board the plane and when you arrive at your destination.  You can find the form HERE

      Returning back to the UK

      The Balearics is on the Amber list for entry back into the UK.  You must therefore also ensure you arrange the appropriate tests and forms for when you return home.  You can find out more about what you need to do in our articles here:

      Where can I get a private Covid 19 Test?

      What does it mean if my holiday is on the Government's "Amber List"?

      In the latest Traffic Light announcement on 5 August 2021, the Government recommends travellers returning from Spain, including the Balearics, take a PCR test, rather than the Antigen (rapid flow) test.  This is a recommendation only and travellers can still chose to use the Antigen test if they wish.

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    • Latest travel news for customers travelling to Mainland Spain and the Canary Islands

      We're delighted that Spain & the Canaries are welcoming UK visitors for their well-earned holidays.

      Please see below the latest entry requirements for customers travelling to Spain.  You should also make sure you check the latest news before you travel, as advice can change at the last minute.  You will find the latest news here: FCDO Travel Advice for Spain

      Entry to Mainland Spain, including the Canary Islands

      The Spanish government will require all arrivals to Spain (including the Canary Islands) to provide one of the following:

      • Proof of full vaccination: If you’re fully vaccinated at least 14 days before your arrival, you’ll need to provide proof to enter Spain and the Canary Islands. An NHS COVID Pass shows your COVID-19 vaccination details and will be accepted. 

      You can find out how to obtain your evidence by visiting the Government website:

      Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad

      Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

      • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result: If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 NAAT test (PCR, LAMP, TMA or NEAR) taken within 72 hours before your scheduled arrival time into into Spain and the Canary Islands. Please note, rapid antigen test results will not be accepted.

      The above requirements do not apply for children aged 11yrs and under.

      If you are travelling to Mallorca, Menorca or Ibiza, please see our article:

      Latest travel new for customers travelling to the Balearic Islands

      All travellers, whether you have been vaccinated or not

      All travellers must also complete a Health Control form no more than 48 hours prior to arriving into Spain and the Canaries.  Please make sure you include all children travelling, regardless of their age.  Once you complete the form, you will receive a QR code which you will need to present both at the time you board the plane and when you arrive at your destination.  You can find the form HERE

      Travellers to the Canary Islands only

      In addition to the above entry requirements, you will also need to show proof of your vaccination status or negative test results to check into your accommodation.  You will need to submit this directly to the accommodation provider before you arrive at the villa.  We will let you know how to do this on your travel documents.  

      Returning back to the UK

      Mainland Spain and the Canaries are on the Amber list for entry back into the UK.  You must therefore also ensure you arrange the appropriate tests and forms for when you return home.  You can find out more about what you need to do in our articles here:

      Where can I get a private Covid 19 Test?

      What does it mean if my holiday is on the Government's "Amber List"?

      In the latest Traffic Light announcement on 5 August 2021, the Government recommends travellers returning from Spain take a PCR test, rather than the Antigen (rapid flow) test.  This is a recommendation only and travellers can still chose to use the Antigen test if they wish.

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    • How do I find the local government guidelines for my holiday destination?

      Each country will have different government guidelines in relation to Covid-19 and these will be different from the regulations in place in the UK. The best place to get up-to-date information on what to expect on holiday and what regulations are in place in your holiday destination is the FCDO website.

      Take a look at the current Foreign Travel Advice here: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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