Britons finally head abroad – but the map has shrunk

Loungers are carefully arranged at a beach in Antalya, Turkey
Loungers are carefully arranged at a beach in Antalya, Turkey

English holidaymakers have been cleared for take-off, with the first intrepid sunseekers boarding flights to Spain, France, Italy and beyond over the weekend after the Foreign Office (FCO) relaxed its travel advice.  

Across Western Europe, airlines increased capacity to 6.8m passengers last week, up 47 per cent, with Ryanair alone offering 763,938 seats, up from 218,484 over the previous seven days. 

However, Britons hoping for a last-minute summer holiday have had their options significantly curtailed. Of the 74 destinations to which the FCO has given the green light, only 25 do not have restrictions on UK arrivals. 

Those hoping to visit Greece, for example, will struggle to find flights – the country has placed a ban on services from the UK until July 15. Malta currently requires all British visitors to self-isolate for 14 days, while Cyprus, another Mediterranean favourite, is still refusing entry to all UK travellers. See our guide for full details of ongoing travel restrictions. 

Find the latest updates below. 

08:03 AM

What happened yesterday? 

Here’s what we learnt on Sunday:

  • Trips to Spain could be hit after fresh lockdowns in Galicia and Catalonia

  • Cyprus may reopen to UK travellers on August 1

  • Ireland will be off-limits until at least July 20

  • More than half of readers are planning a last-minute summer holiday

  • Post-lockdown, Magaluf is almost unrecognisable

See yesterday’s blog for a full recap. 

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