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Travelling with Olympic Holidays in 2020
Everything you need to know before you go

Last updated: 30 November 2020

On March 23rd 2020, due to COVID-19, travel from the UK stopped for the majority of UK citizens. It’s been a challenging time but now restrictions are being lifted, we’re excited that we can begin to take you on your well-deserved holiday!

To help maintain safety for all, there have been changes to arrivals into and out of the destinations we offer.

It’s really important that you read the information below about the country you’re arriving into. Failure to follow instructions means you may be denied entry.

Please remember that this information is subject to change.

We always follow advice from The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on where it is safe to travel. This is monitored regularly and will communicate with customers if any of their holiday plans are affected by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice, or the local government where you are travelling to.

The following Olympic destinations have some requirements for you to do before you travel.

In ALL destinations:
  • You may be asked to have your temperature taken or other checks at the airport. 
  • Please ensure you take an adequate supply of face masks or other acceptable face covering as you will be asked to wear these throughout your journey. That means in the airport, on your flights, on your transfers and possibly on holiday too. 
  • For all holidays you must have adequate travel insurance.
Greece and the Greek islands:

The Greek government has announced that UK visitors will be allowed from the 15th July. At least 24 hours before your departure you’ll need to:

  • Complete an online form, which you can find HERE
  • Once you’ve completed the form, please keep a copy of the QR code confirmation with you, as you’ll need to show this to border control in Greece. You MUST have this document prior to departure – otherwise you may be fined
  • Undergo PCR test which tests negative within 48 hours before your departure date and time.

If you are travelling back to England, on arrival back from Greece, (except from the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Corfu, Zakynthos and Crete), you will need to quarantine for 14 days. 

If you are travelling back to Scotland, on arrival back from the islands of Crete, Mykonos, Santorini, Zakynthos, Paros Antiparos, you will need to quarantine for 14 days.

Cyprus:

The Cyprus government  has announced that UK visitors will be allowed entry from the 01st August 2020. Within 72 hours before your departure you’ll need to:

  • Complete an online form, which you can find HERE
  • Undergo a COVID-19 test which tests negative. Only PCR test certificate will be accepted.
  • You MUST have proof of the test and its result on arrival

If you are travelling back to Scotland, England or Wales, on arrival back from Cyprus, you will need to quarantine for 14 days. 

**If you are traveling  up to and including the 11 December 2020 to Cyprus, we will contact you shortly to give you all the latest information and detail all your options.

Spain, including the Canary islands and Balearic islands: 

The Spanish government has announced that UK visitors are allowed entry into the country from 04th July 2020 . At least 48 hours before arrival, to enter the country or island you will need to:

  • Complete an online form, which you can find HERE
  • OR  download the official app  onto your mobile and complete the form. This form of registration will be mandatory from the 01st August 2020
  • You MUST have this document prior to departure and ready for inspection on arrival

If you are travelling to the Canary islands, within 72 hours before your departure you'll need to:

  • Undergo a COVID-19 test which tests negative. Only PCR test certificate will be accepted.

If you are travelling back to Scotland, England or Wales, on arrival back from Spain or Balearic islands, you will need to quarantine for 14 days. 

**If you are traveling  up to and including the 11 December 2020 to Spain or the Balearic islands, we will contact you shortly to give you all the latest information and detail all your options.

Malta:

The government of Malta has announced UK visitors are allowed entry into the country from the 15th July 2020. There are currently no procedures or  restrictions to enter or leave the country, although you may be required to submit to a temperature check.

If you are travelling back to Scotland, England or Wales, on arrival back from Malta, you will need to quarantine for 14 days. 

**If you are traveling up to and including the 11 December 2020 2020, we will contact you shortly to give you all the latest information and detail all your options.

Turkey:

The government of Turkey has announced UK visitors are allowed entry into the country from the 04th July 2020. Before arrival, to enter the country you will need to:

  • You will require to complete an entry form prior to arrival in turkey. The form is provided by the airline. Some airlines provide the formon flight, others online and require you to fill in prior to your departure.Please check with your individual airline.

If you are travelling back to Scotland, England or Wales, on arrival back from Turkey, you will need to quarantine for 14 days. 

**If you are traveling up to and including the 11 December 2020 2020, we will contact you shortly to give you all the latest information and detail all your options.

Egypt:

The Egyptian authorities have advised that all arrivals into Egypt will be subject to health measures. Passengers will be required to :

  • complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.
  • Undergo a COVID-19 test which tests negative. the test must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. children under the age of 6 are exempt.

If you are travelling back to Scotland, England or Wales, on arrival back from Egypt, you will need to quarantine for 14 days. 

**If you are traveling up to and including the 11 December 2020 2020, we will contact you shortly to give you all the latest information and detail all your options.

Gambia:

The Gambian authorities have advised that all arrivals into The Gambia will be subject to health measures. Passengers will be required to :

  • Undergo a COVID-19 test which tests negative. the test must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. Failure to present a negative COVID-19 to the Ministry of Health officials, will result in you being tested and quarantined for 14 -days at your own cost

On arrival back from The Gambia, you will need to quarantine for 14 days. 

**If you are traveling up to and including the 11 December 2020, we will contact you shortly to give you all the latest information and detail all your options.

Italy:

Entry to Italy from the UK is permitted.

Before arrival, to enter the country, you will need to:

  • Complete a self declaration form . You must provide this to your airline, or to the border police if you are stopped for checks.
  • Undergo a COVID-19 test within 72 hours before your departure time, which tests negative.
Traveling back to the UK

Whilst on holiday, from 48 hours before departure, you must complete the entry form into the UK, which you can find HERE

Please continue to refer to this page for further updates and we thank you for your understanding.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

If you wish to change your holiday
  • Olympic Holidays is in constant communication with all the airlines. We are following their guidelines, and many are being flexible if customers want to change date, provided they are on sale for the new required date. If you wish to amend your holiday our standard T&C's apply.  Amendments can only be made via our Customer Services team by emailing Customer.services@olympicholidays.com stating your booking details.
  • If you wish to cancel your holiday, our standard T&C’s apply.

Brexit advice for travellers

Updated 19th November 2020

Travel after 31 December 2020

Following ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK departed the EU on 31 January 2020. We are now in a transition period (also known as the ‘implementation period’) lasting until at least 31 December 2020. During this time, everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel without any changes. After 31st December 2020 the rules applicable during the transition period will no longer apply: Negotiations are ongoing to reach agreement with the EU but no conclusion has yet been reached. The following is based on the assumption that there will be no agreement. If an agreement is in fact concluded that affects any of the advice given below, we will update this page as soon as the details of the agreement and its impact on your travel arrangements are made known. Please note that the information given below applies to full British Citizen passport holders only. If you hold any other type of passport, please enquire at the consulate/embassy of your destination country well before your date of travel.

Common questions about travel after 31 December 2020

Will flights still operate?

Yes, flights will continue as normal.

Passports

Valid passports can still be used. You need to have six months left on your passport on the day that you travel to travel to the EU. Your passport also needs to be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left). The government have set up a passport checking tool which you can see here where you can check if you need to renew your passport. Please ensure that you apply for renewal, if needed, in plenty of time for your departure.

 Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

UK travellers won’t need a visa to travel to the EU Schengen countries as a tourist for up to 90 days in any 180 day period. Please note that visits to any other Schengen area country within the same 180 day period will count towards the 90 day limit. For EU non-Schengen countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Roumania)myou can still visit as a tourist for up to 90 days in any 180 day period without a visa and visits to any other EU country during the same 189 day period will not count otwards the 90 days. Please note, however, that for all EU countries, on entry you may be required to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show you have enough money for your stay, and
  • use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing

and your passport may be stamped on entry and exit.

Should I take out travel insurance to cover Brexit?

The best way to protect your holiday is to book a package – it is then the travel provider’s responsibility to make sure your holiday is provided and to offer an alternative or refund if it cannot be delivered.

It is important that whenever and wherever you travel that you have adequate travel insurance which covers your specific needs, including any known medical conditions or activities you plan to do. The European Health Insurance Card will probably not be valid after 31st December 2020 so it is even more important when travelling in the EU and beyond, that you take out travel insurance and check that it covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you’re not sure.

Driving licences

If you plan to drive in Europe, you may need an International Driving Permit for the areas you plan to drive in. You may need more than one depending on where you are visiting. Each permit costs £5.50 and is available from certain branches of the Post Office. 

Find out more about getting an International Driving Permit here 

Green cards for insurance

If you are driving your own car in Europe, you may need to obtain and carry a physical Green Card for your UK car insurance to be valid in the EU. These cards will be available from your car insurance provider, but you may be charged a small fee to cover administration costs. 

Taking pets abroad

From 1 January 2021 you will not be able to use the existing pet passport scheme. Instead you’ll need to follow a different process, which takes 4 months. See here for further details

Data roaming

Rules around mobile data roaming are changing meaning you may face charges when using your phone abroad, including for making calls, sending messages or using the internet. Check with your mobile phone provider about their data roaming policy before you travel to ensure that you do not incur any unexpected charges.