Advice for Booking a Late Summer Holiday

By Leeds Credit Union

For many people in the UK, life is returning to normal and one of the things people have missed the most is the ability to jet off abroad for some sun, sea and sangria. But with travel restrictions to most countries easing, now is an excellent time to book a holiday and make the most of what remains of summer.

But which European countries are the warmest right now? And what travel restrictions remain in place? Here we’ve taken a look to tell you what you need to know:

General Advice

If you decide to go abroad, you'll be required to take Covid tests but please be aware that the rules vary depending on whether you're visiting a green, amber or red list country. 

In most cases, you will need to return a negative test or provide proof of being fully vaccinated before being permitted into another country, on arrival at your hotel and before returning to the UK. 

However, every country has its own rules, so remember to visit this Government website for a full list of requirements and up to date travel advice before travelling.

Travelling to France

Flights from Leeds Bradford airport to Paris - where the average temperature for the coming week averages a pleasant 23° - start at around the £90 mark and can be purchased here.

You must be fully vaccinated to holiday in France. Fully vaccinated people can travel from the UK as long as they provide proof of their vaccination status and complete a 'sworn statement'. The NHS Covid Pass can be used as evidence of vaccination status. Children aged 12 and over need to provide proof of a negative PCR test.

Travelling to Spain

Everyone aged 12 or over arriving in Spain from the UK must present either a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travelling or proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel. The NHS Covid Pass can be used as evidence of vaccination status. You must also complete a health control form no more than 48 hours before travelling.

Assuming this hasn't put you off, you could bag a last-minute flight from Leeds Bradford airport to the popular island of Majorca for as little as £12. And if that's not tempting enough, the weather forecast for the coming week predicts temperatures in the low thirties!

Travelling to Greece

If you're craving some moussaka and a drop of ouzo, you can head to Greece so long as you complete a passenger locator form before travelling and, if you're aged 12 or over, provide one of the following:

  • A negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours before arrival
  • A negative lateral flow test test, taken within 48 hours before arrival
  • Proof of recovery from Covid (a positive PCR result dated 30-180 days before travel)
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. The NHS Covid Pass can be used as evidence of vaccination status

You may also have to take a rapid Covid test on arrival in Greece and, if other passengers on your plane or ferry test positive, you may be required to self isolate.

On the brighter side, flights from Leeds Bradford airport to the popular Greek island of Corfu can currently be snapped up for as little as £53. As is typical for this time of year, the temperature for the coming weeks is steady at around 30°, so don't forget your sunscreen!

Travelling to Malta

Those who like warm weather and great value for money could do a lot worse than taking a trip to Malta. If you're considering it, bear in mind that UK visitors aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated and children aged 5-11 must show evidence of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours before arrival. The NHS Covid Pass is accepted as evidence of vaccination status.

You will also need to complete a passenger locator and public health declaration before travelling.

As for potential destinations, Malta's capital, Valletta, boasts a huge variety of sights and cultural attractions and temperatures as high as 31°. If you're quick, flights from Leeds Bradford can be yours for as little as £31.

Travelling to Italy

If it's cappuccinos and culture you want from your holiday, where better than Italy?

To be allowed into the country, you'll need to complete an online digital form, prove you are fully vaccinated and present a negative PCR or lateral flow test taken within 48 hours before arriving. The NHS Covid Pass is accepted as proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated under-18s won't have to quarantine if they are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult. You must also call the local Covid-19 hotline to inform them of your visit within 48 hours of arrival.

Unvaccinated travellers and those without proof of full vaccination and a negative test will need to isolate for five days. 

Flights from Leeds Bradford airport to Rome start from just £49 and visitors will be happy to hear that the weather is currently warm and dry, with temperatures in the low thirties.

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