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Here are the countries where you can travel without quarantine …. if they let you in

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The Government has just published two lists which may help clarify your travel options this Summer.

The first list covers countries where quarantine is no longer required when you return to the UK.

The second, longer, list covers countries where the Foreign Office no longer advises you to avoid visiting.  This is important because it means that your travel insurance will now be valid if you travel to these places.

These rules only apply for residents of England.  If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland different rules will apply, and are likely to be more stringent.  This means that you may prefer to return to an English airport and take a train or ferry back home.

The two lists are not identical.  For example, the Foreign Office no longer recommends against travel to Latvia or Canada BUT you would still have to quarantine on your return.

In summary:

if you return from a country on the first list below from 10th July, you will no longer have to quarantine

you WILL need to quarantine if you transit through a country which is not on the first list below

if you have previously returned from a country on the list below, you can end your quarantine on 10th July

from tomorrow, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice on avoiding ‘all but essential’ travel will be lifted for countries on the second list below. This means that your travel insurance will be valid again.

you will still need to provide your contact information when you return to the UK, unless you fall into one of the categories on this list 

For absolute clarity, just because the UK allows you to travel to a certain country and return without quarantine, it does not mean that you will be allowed in.  This is obvious from the fact that New Zealand is on the list, for example.  For a good, updated daily, list of restrictions on UK residents, take a look at this article from Wanderlust.

You should not book travel to any country on the list below without checking if the country accepts arrivals from the UK full stop, or only accepts arrivals who agree to a period of quarantine.

UK quarantine list

These are the places where you can travel from 10th July without having to quarantine on your return (the source list is here).  Remember that there is no guarantee that these countries will let you in – good luck getting into New Zealand before 2021.

Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belgium
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Croatia
Curaçao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Faroe Islands
Fiji
Finland
France
French Polynesia
Germany
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Malta
Mauritius
Monaco
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Réunion
San Marino
Serbia
Seychelles
South Korea
Spain
St Barthélemy
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Pierre and Miquelon
Switzerland
Taiwan
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Vatican City
Vietnam

You can also travel to the 14 British Overseas Territories.  Ireland is automatically included as part of the Common Travel Area.

For clarity, if you transit in a country not on this list (for example in Dubai / United Arab Emirates or in Doha) then you WILL have to quarantine on your return to the UK.  I accept that this sounds unnecessary if you do not enter the country where you are transiting, but the wording appears clear.

The second list ….

These are the countries where the Foreign Office advises you can travel to safely from 4th July which means that your travel insurance will be valid once again.

Remember that – unless a country also appears on the ‘no quarantine’ list above – you will still have to quarantine for 14 days on returning to the UK.

Click the link for specific Foreign Office advice for each country.  The source page is here.

Europe

Americas

Asia-Pacific

Africa

Antarctica

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Comments (226)

  • Jeff 99 says:

    “ The government in Spain’s Catalonia region has re-imposed coronavirus controls on an area of 210,000 people after a sharp rise in infections.
    President Quim Torra said no-one would be allowed to enter or leave Segrià, an agricultural area west of Barcelona which includes the city of Lleida.”

    I can imagine this being a bit of a mood killer if it happens in a place whilst you’re on holiday. Not a ridiculously unlikely possibility….

    • Julian says:

      I’m presuming you will be taking your bucket and spade to Blackpool this year Jeff.

      Or may be you could ring up BBC Radio 5 Live and express your outrage that we aren’t all to be prevented from going abroad for many months more or that pubs have now been allowed to reopen.

      Then when you get on air on BBC Radio 5 Live I can switch straight over to BBC Radio 4 Extra, as I often currently have to do to avoid another “we can never unlock as it may not be safe” COVID moaning minnie.

      • Jeff 99 says:

        “ Or may be you could ring up BBC Radio 5 Live and express your outrage that we aren’t all to be prevented from going abroad for many months more or that pubs have now been allowed to reopen.“

        Not really. It’s great that pubs have opened and that people can go on holiday.

        Not really sure what you’re on about to honest.

        • Julian says:

          You complained about the Spanish letting Brits in again on holiday and I think almost nobody else here would support you on that.

          Brits and Germans account for the vast majority of foreign tourists in sunny beach parts of Spain and July, August and September are the peak tourism months. So by suggesting the Spanish ban Brits for the rest of this year you are suggesting areas almost wholly dependent on tourism like the Balearics, Canaries and most of Southern Mainland Spain at least halve their annual income, leaving aside what they have already lost and can’t get back with excessively cautious people already scared out of going on holiday abroad for the rest of this year like my sister (who unlike me never exceeds the speed limit and also thinks its unsafe to use a fully installed manufacturer hands free mobile phone installlation).

          Your suggestion that lots of other people than Brits (who you wrongly seem to imagine are all drunken larger louts) would fill the place of British tourists in this year of all years are also wildly and totally unrealistic. Building up new groups of tourists who visit a country regularly takes many years rather than months.

          You were basically suggesting that Spain loses half of its tourist market for the rest of this season for no apparent reason other than excessive caution on your part.

          • Jeff 99 says:

            “ So by suggesting the Spanish ban Brits for the rest of this year ”

            I can’t find anywhere where I said that?

          • Julian says:

            Jeff 99 if I may quote you exactly a few posts above :-

            I’M SURPRISED SPAIN HAVE LET BRITS IN THOUGH. We obviously account for a big chunk of tourist spend BUT IF WE WEREN’T ALLOWED IN THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE AN INCREASE IN NUMBERS FROM DOMESTIC TOURISTS OR TOURISTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

            THERE’S SURELY PEOPLE WHO DON’T GO TO SOME OF THE ISLANDS IN SPAIN BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO BE SURROUNDED BY 18-30 HOLIDAY LOWLIFES FROM ENGLAND URINATING IN WATER FOUNTAINS.

            IBIZA, FOR EXAMPLE COULD REINVENT ITSELF AS A DESTINATION FOR NON-IDIOTS NOW THAT CLUBS WILL BE SHUT FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. IBIZA FOR EXAMPLE COULD REINVENT ITSELF AS A DESTINATION (misspelt I note as Designation, the kind of error that surely only a drunken uneducated chav of the kind you clearly despise would surely tend to make) FOR NON-IDIOTS NOW THAT CLUBS WILL BE SHUT FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR (I’VE NOT BEEN BUT APPARENTLY ITS ACTUALLY QUITE A PICTURESQUE PLACE)

            But if you actually had been then you would know that only San Antonio Town was really ever full of drunken yobs (and even then only at night in a couple of streets where the clubs are) and there literally used to be broken glass all over the ground in some of those streets the following morning but that was the 90s and even by the 10s that was no longer true.

            Also the rest of the island is full of quiet and scenic family resorts and the island of Cabrera off the south coast of Ibiza (that you can only get to by Hydrofoil or boat from Ibiza town) is now an extremely expensive upmarket destination full of overpaid British and German city types where most hotels cost several hundred pounds a night, even though I preferred in in the 90s when it was full of chilled out ageing hippies who had been going since the 1960s.

            Perhaps next time actually research a place or better still go there before you start making comments based on a narrow stereotype from the past that was never true of the vast majority of the islands of Ibiza.

          • Julian says:

            See this article at http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/formentera-mediterranean-holiday on unspoilt 15 mile long Formentera that you only get to through Ibiza.

            And this article on 10 unspoilt beaches in Ibiza at http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jun/13/10-best-hidden-beaches-ibiza-spain-bays-coves

            Or this National Geographic article at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/intelligent-travel/2013/08/20/the-quieter-side-of-ibiza/

  • Russell says:

    What about Albania?

    • Julian says:

      See http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/albania

      The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

      Albania also not listed as one of the countries you do not have to self isolate or quarantine for 14 days after your return on the goverment exemption list of countries at http://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors#travel-corridors-countries-and-territories-exemption-list

    • Julian says:

      Albania not recommended as safe to visit by Foreign & Commonwealth Office and not on the issues list of countries now exempt from the 14 day self isolation or quarantine list.

      I tried posting the links but this annoying and never improved online blog chat system refused to let me publish them and says they are awaiting moderation (which in my experience can go on for many days or weeks).

      • Rob says:

        If you put 2+ links into a comment, it automatically goes into moderation. All your comments today with had to be rescued had 2 links in them.

        This is because most spam comments are simply robo-posted lists of backlinks to junk sites.

        • Julian says:

          I hadn’t realised it was posting two links (rather than one) that caused the post to be placed in the moderation tray.

          Proper internet discussion forums tend to work on a trust basis where someone who is a new member can’t post any links, those who have belonged a while can may be post one and those who have belonged for ages can post as many links as they like…………

          • Alex Sm says:

            This forum needs an upgrade for a long time… The two most important features which are still missing and have not been added for ages are (1) notifications about replies to your comments (I can’t understand how people should know that someone responded to their comments, tbh) and (2) ability to edit/delete your own comments (this would help a lot with typos, duplicates, unfinished comments etc). @Rob and co. – can you look into this at some point?

  • Roberto says:

    Spain on the Costa Del Sol is policed well with bars and beaches in areas like Fuengirola being well run and enforced by local councils and the civil police force. Drones flying over beaches linked to traffic light systems highlighting which areas have availability of sunbeds. Extra toilets and washing facilities with pedestranised one way systems that work.

    I went over the boarder into Gibraltar yesterday and its a different world with little masks and social distancing. I wandered past a complex of 5 bars and there must have been a thousand people in an area the size of 5 or 6 tennis courts..

    Dont knock what Spain is doing , its probably much better run than your local town.

    Of course that could all change once the Brits hit the towns but the police are well used to dealing with idiots….

    • Julian says:

      Spain is probably doing things in a far systematic way than say the Maldives or wherever it is that Jeff 99 considers is exclusive enough to avoid encountering British Lager Louts…………….

      • Julian says:

        Having said the above although the Spanish authorities have had the situation under control in Magalluf in Mallorca for quite some years only recently did they apply sufficient manpower in the Playa De Palma and Arenal areas of the island to bring unsavory elements drawn there by the more loutish end of the German tourist market properly under control.

  • Princess says:

    Good evening everybody! Any view or idea when China will reopen their border? Recently China has seen few new cases but mating major…
    I haven’t done a deep research, apology if I’m missing something obvious…

  • Alex Sm says:

    The first list oddly starts with Andorra, then Germany, then goes again to Andorra and further on…

  • Kalsang dhondup says:

    Great news to know can be traveling abroad! In summer! Good to go to summer holidays

  • hdr.partridge says:

    I have just filled in the immigration data provision form on the government website for the first time – will be returning to the UK tomorrow. It asks for a good amount of personal data incl. home address, passport details, date of birth, specific travel details (incl. flight and booking ref.). So easily enough for anyone to access my flight booking with the airline and also a pretty good start for anyone to build a profile for identity theft. Fair enough for tracking and tracing though and I thought I can rely on decent data privacy protocols.

    Was therefore pretty pi**** off when the government emailed the whole lot back to me after submission in an unencrypted pdf file “for reference”.

    Is this a known issue?