Heathrow and Gatwick: Current travel advice from the German Foreign Office for the 5 largest Mediterranean islands


With the Covid situation continuing to improve in some places and decreasing elsewhere, it can be difficult to know exactly what the situation is like in some of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe.

Fortunately for you, we have put together all the travel tips from the Federal Foreign Office for five of the most popular travel destinations on the Mediterranean islands so that you can plan your summer vacation.

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Those who choose to travel to red or yellow list countries will have to pay for and have a range of Covid tests both before and after returning to the UK, as well as isolating themselves in the country for 10 days after their return.

Here is the summary of the rules for traveling to the five largest Mediterranean islands.


Sicily, the largest of the Italian islands, is home to just over five million people with the capital Palermo.

It is also the largest island in the entire Mediterranean with an area of ​​25,834 square kilometers.

Sicily, a popular tourist hotspot, is on the British government’s amber list along with Italy from Monday 28 June.

If you do decide to go to the island anyway, you will need to isolate yourself for five days and take mandatory tests as per the guidelines of the Italian government for those entering Italy from the UK.

When you return to the UK, you are required to self-isolate for 10 days and take a test on the second and eighth days of your return.


It will be a while before it is certain that the beaches in Sardinia will be as full again
It will be a while before it is certain that the beaches in Sardinia will be as full again

Sardinia is the second largest island in Italy and the Mediterranean in general with 24,100 square kilometers and has a population of 1,656,000.

The island’s capital is Cagliari and it is best known for its incredibly clear water and coastline.

Unfortunately, like Sicily with Italy, the island is on the amber list so the same restrictions will apply from Monday June 28th.

Both Sicily and Sardinia are currently in the Italian ‘white zone’, which means that if you do decide to travel nonetheless, the rules are similar to the UK, with bars and restaurants open inside and no face mask required outside .


A beach in Ayia Napa, Cyprus that is on the Amber Travel List
A beach in Ayia Napa, Cyprus that is on the Amber Travel List

With an area of ​​just over 9,000 square kilometers, Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean with 1,189,265 inhabitants.

Cyprus is also on the yellow list here in the UK, which means travelers to the country must isolate for 10 days on their return if they choose to travel there.

Currently the rules on the island are stricter than in Great Britain, with a mask requirement in all public indoor and outdoor areas – a violation is punished with a fine of 300 €.


A typical street scene in the Terra Vecchia (old town) area in Bastia, Corsica, France
A street in Bastia, Corsica

With 8,681 square kilometers, the French island of Corsica is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean and has 322,000 inhabitants – roughly the same as the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

France is also on the UK’s amber list for outbound travel. So if you visit Corsica you will have to isolate yourself for 10 days and take two tests when you return.

Corsican local regulations also state that those visiting the island must show that they are fully vaccinated in order to enter.


Crete in Greece, which the British may soon be able to visit

The Greek island of Crete, famous for its mythical Minotaur, is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean at 8,312 square kilometers and is home to 622,871 people.

The Federal Foreign Office is currently advising against traveling to mainland Greece, but is not warning against visiting Crete and several other islands in the country.

Both Crete and Greece still have restrictions similar to the UK, including masks in all indoor public spaces.

Always read the government’s travel advice before traveling to avoid unexpected disruptions. You can find it here.


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