The latest holiday coronavirus rules at most popular destinations for Scots

The Scottish Government’s u-turn on its quarantine rules for Scots arriving back in the country from Spain has thrown a lot of summer holiday bookings up in the air.

Anyone arriving back in the UK from Spain will face a two-week period of self-isolation after fears of a second spike in coronavirus cases in the country grew.

The move came days after the Scottish Government ruled that it was safe to travel between Scotland and Spain without quarantine.

Governments in some areas of Spain have issued ‘stay at home’ advice after the number of new cases of Covid-19 grew in recent days.

A whole range of other measures are in place as the Spanish Government continues to grapple with the virus.

But what rules are in place at some of the most popular holiday destinations for Scots? Here is the latest information from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).


Scots arriving back in the UK will now need to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return (Image: REUTERS)


Scots have been advised not to travel to Spain unless it is for essential reasons. Anyone arriving back in the UK from the country will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

The quarantine rule, which took effect from midnight on Sunday, was enforced after a spike in cases in the Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia areas of the country.

People in Catalonia have been urged to stay at their place of accommodation and only leave for essential purposes.

Anyone willing to make a trip into the country will have to provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to Covid-19 48 hours before travel – you will be able to access this form through the Spain Travel Health website.

You must show a QR code provided from this form to health control officials on arrival.

Arrivals will also be required to undergo temperature checks and a visual health assessment.

The entire country is currently in the ‘new normal’ phase of its strategy to eliminate the virus.

Meetings of more than 10 people in public or in private have been banned, while the number of people inside bars and restaurants has been restricted. Opening hours have also been limited. Nightclubs and gyms remain closed. All of these measures will be in place until August 1.

Face coverings are mandatory for anyone over the age of six on all forms of public transport and in many indoor and outdoor public places. People have been advised to carry a face mask with them at all times.

Rules may vary depending on which region of the country you are staying in.


People must stick to one metre social distancing rules throughout Italy (Image: AFP via Getty Images)


Social distancing of one metre is in place and the mandatory wearing of masks in enclosed public spaces is being enforced.

Restaurants, pubs, bars, shops, hairdressers, salons and beaches are all able to reopen – but measures will be put in place ensure that rules on social distancing are being maintained.

Many restaurants, beach facilities and venues are asking people to provide their name and contact details.

Museums and archaeological sites have been given the green light to reopen.

Rules may differ from region to region.


Visitors could face a fine of €500 if they fail to fill in a passenger locator form (Image: REUTERS)


Passengers could face a fine of €500 if they fail to complete a passenger locator form at least 24 hours before travelling to Greece.

Visitors may be required to take a test for coronavirus and potentially undergo a period of self-isolation.

Face coverings are mandatory to wear on public transport, at airports, in taxis and in all medical facilities and lifts.

Taxis will be limited to a maximum of two adults inside the vehicle in addition to the driver. Children do not count towards the limit.

Travel throughout Greece and to its islands is permitted. You will be asked to fill in a health questionnaire before boarding a ferry.

Shops, bars and restaurants are open but there will be a number of health regulations applied – such as limiting the number of customers per square metre.


Face masks must be worn by everyone over the age of 11 in all enclosed spaces (Image: AFP via Getty Images)


Face masks must be worn by anyone over the age of 11 in enclosed public spaces – restaurants and bars are included in this.

Anyone found not wearing a face mask on public transport could face a fine.


Two metre social distancing rules are in place for those in Malta (Image: Getty Images/Gallo Images)


Passengers will have their temperature checked on arrival to Malta.

Face coverings must be worn on all public transport, including on the ferry to the island of Gozo.

Museums, tourist sites, shops, gyms, hairdressers, swimming pools, restaurants and bars have all been given permission to reopen – but the number of people allowed into them will be limited.

The rules on face coverings will also apply to these places and you must maintain two metres of social distancing.


Everyone in Croatia must wear face masks in most enclosed public settings (Image: Getty Images)


Everyone in Croatia will have to wear face masks on public transport, taxis, shops and other commercial premises.


People arriving back in Scotland from Portugal will have to self-isolate for 14 days (Image: Getty Images)


Anyone arriving back in Scotland from Portugal will have to self-isolate for 14 days under the Scottish Government’s rules on quarantine.

Arrivals into mainland Portugal will undergo health screening and must take a test for coronavirus before travelling or on arrival to Madeira, Porto Santo or the Azores.

Anyone willing to take the trip out must maintain social distancing on two metres and face masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces and on all public transport and private hire services.

People in the country have been urged to avoid the use of public transport at peak times and must book tickets in advance.

Passengers inside a taxi will have to use the back seat and keep a window open. Cash payments have also been advised against.

If you are found to breach any of these regulations, you could be fined up to €500.

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Most shops, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities have been reopened. Beaches will be subject to limits on capacity and social distancing.

Drinking alcohol in public spaces has been banned and gatherings are limited to 20 people.

All of the rules could change depending on the region you are based – FCO advises to check the regional rules before flying out.

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