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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.

Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Czech Republic
Faroe Islands
French Polynesia
Hong Kong
New Caledonia
New Zealand
San Marino
South Korea
St Barthélemy
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Pierre and Miquelon
Trinidad and Tobago
Vatican City

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.






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Comments (226)

  • Andrew L says:

    We have a trip to Madeira booked with Jet2 on the 20th July, which has not yet been cancelled. As Madeira appears on list 2 does that mean that a 2 week quarantine period still applies upon return?

    • Jake says:

      Yes, but Jet2 isn’t necessarily obliged to cancel the flight/holiday or offer you a refund because of the quarantine. At least, that’s the expectation at the moment.

    • Ron says:

      We have a trip booked to Madeira in Aug. I hope Portugal will be added to the first list by then, so we don’t have to be quarantined when we’re back. Not sure why the first list doesn’t include just Azores and Madeira like the second list does. Madeira seems to be COVID free at the moment.

      • Andrew L says:

        They’ve had no deaths in Madeira, so seems strange that a completely out of control country, like the UK, wants to quarantine you on your return. The world has gone completely bonkers!!

  • Pogonation says:

    Do you have a list of countries where UK citizens can visit as well (or a link to a really good website for this)? I have been following a few websites online but they don’t have much detail and a lot of the info appears to be out of date or not entirely correct.

    • Sundar says:

      Wikipedia ?

    • Bearded crusader says:

      Wanderlust does a daily update. Just google.

    • Vit says:

      If you meant “during and just-post covid” then would be tough finding a reliable sources which summarise all of that as each country has its own policy and indeed a very fast-evolving topic as well. Such sources might be credible today but could be out of date by next week. Suggest browsing through that particular official country website that you would like or interested to visit (i.e. visitCOUNTRY . com for example) as it is normally the most up to date one.

  • Nick_C says:

    “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 fly from an English airport.”

    It doesn’t matter which airport you use. Currently, if a Scottish resident decides to have a holiday in Spain, flying from and returning to a London airport, they must go into quarantine once they return to Scotland.

    • Darren says:

      and if they don’t?

      Not condoning it at all, just wondered what the implications are of not following the rules.

      • Nick_C says:

        A Police Constable may tell you to go home,or take you home, or take you to a hotel or quarantine centre, using reasonable force if necessary.

        And if prosecuted and convicted, you could be fined up to £5000

        • Darren says:


          my next flights (which are due a cancellation any time soon) are the other way round, EDI and back into England.

      • Bagoly says:

        Other countries have shown that it can be done.
        E.g. In Poland the police turn up unannounced (in uniform, but in an unmarked car) every two or three days and call your mobile to tell you to present yourself outside the house (nearly all houses in villages have doors only at the back) so they can see you.
        Our neighbour got ticked off for coming outside first time without wearing a mask!

    • Sharron says:

      Absolutely rught this article needs a correction. You can fly out from airports in Scotland no problem. The main difference would be at present you would have to quarantine on return.

      Personally I think Sturgeon is a bit of a ditherer and the devolved administrationa need to get on board with this and hell save jobs.

  • Jon says:

    I’m pretty annoyed with BA related to this. I booked CW reward flights to St Lucia early June anticipating this and they cancelled them a few days ago only to reinstate them on different days a few days later. Of course I’ve lost my cracking deal to St Lucia now.

    • Marcw says:

      Does st lucia allow visitors?

      • Anna says:

        Yes, opened in June but with social distancing and masks etc. But I don’t understand why Jon can’t still go? Unless he means he cancelled his accommodation as well? (Though I imagine there are still good deals to be had as a lot of people won’t be travelling and summer is low season in the Caribbean).

        • Jon says:

          I can technically still go but there are no reward flights.

          One reason I picked St Lucia was their Covid policy is you must have a test within 48 hours departure which struck me as very sensible and would mean you were on a plane full of people who had recently tested negative.

          • pauldb says:

            Did you accept a refund – was there any rush to do so. BA will , or would have, put you on alternative flights.

      • Jon says:

        Ver6 much so. Just need a Covid test 48 hours before departure.

    • jc says:

      Have you explicitly accepted a refund? If not you’re legally entitled to choose rerouting onto the replacement flight instead (per EC261 Article 8 Section 1, from memory)

  • Rosie Bailey says:

    We are travelling to our holiday home in Spain but fly to Faro. We will be in Portugal for about an hour. Is there anything we can do to avoid the quarantine? This seems ridiculous.

    • Nick_C says:

      As things stand at present, if you return from Spain via Faro you will be required to quarantine once back home. But expect this list to reviewed regularly. Portugal may be on the list by the time you return. But equally, Spain could drop off it if there is a second wave there. Nothing is certain, and you are taking a risk.

    • Nick says:

      Avoiding the quarantine is easy. Just fill in the form, go home and carry on as normal. The chances of being contacted are very slim and they only have the mobile number that you give them. You are of course allowed out to get food and for medical reasons so if they phone just confirm that you’re at home and if by some miracle they arrive at your home when you’re out for one of the essential reasons then you will be fine.

  • Alex says:

    A lot of work but I wish one of these write ups included whether 14 day quarantine is required on arrival at each of the countries. Seems like something someone would want to know yet no one really covers it other than a few European countries.

    • Anna says:

      It can change at any time! You need to check with the official guidance from each country, but as it CAN change at any moment, travelling anywhere is risky.

      • Alex says:

        I agree. I would just find an article more informative with such information despite needing to be regularly updated.

    • jc says:

      This article links to a Wanderlust article which spells this out in detail for each destination

  • Wally1976 says:

    Initially delighted to see we can go on our planned trip to Turkey. However, I see that the region we’re due to visit (Icmeler in the Mugla region) is on a list where you have to wear a mask whenever you’re ‘outside the home’. If this means we need to wear a mask round the pool in 35C temperatures I might give it a miss (actually, my wife would definitely say we should give it a miss!).

  • Doug says:

    Flying back to the UK tomorrow after 3 weeks hols in Portugal, it was completely empty and we had every single tourist attractions to ourselves =) Now I noticed that gov UK website was updated so we can’t go to supermarket during our upcoming quarentine… Bizarre as we don’t know anyone locally that will shop grocery for us and all laots are taken for this Sunday.

    • Rob says:

      You can go shopping if you don’t have anyone to go for you.

      No-one has actually been fined for skipping quarantine. A small % are rung up and asked if they are at home. If you say ‘Yes’ then you’re sorted.

      • Jeff 99 says:

        Yep. Not sure why so many people are bothered about if they “have to” quarantine. It’s a complete farce.

        • jc says:

          Because some people keep the law for reasons other than whether they’d get caught?

          • Jeff 99 says:

            Just to be clear. I wasn’t saying that people shouldn’t quarantine.

            I don’t see why someone would be that bothered about it. It’s not exactly a difficult thing to do unless you’re a weak/pathetic snowflake who can’t handle a couple of weeks in the house.

            The farcical element is that the “law” is essentially not enforced. There’s no check of name and address and if someone calls you up on your mobile whilst you’re on the golf course you can just say you’re at home.

        • Nick_C says:

          Yeah. We are down to 36000 deaths a year now. And it’s mainly old and sick people dying. Nothing to worry about. Unless you work in hospitality, travel, the arts etc.

          • Rob says:

            Scotland is now on negative excess deaths. We could see fewer UK deaths this year than usual, oddly, especially if everyone gets a flu vaccine, which would be a bit bizarre but looking possible.

          • Jeff 99 says:

            “ We could see fewer UK deaths this year than usual”

            Do you think there’ll be over 60k fewer deaths than usual in the second half of the year to offset the first half?


            (I’m not saying there’ll be more or less by the way as I don’t know. I’m just not pretending to be an expert at predicting deaths).

          • Rob says:

            It’s already happening in Scotland – into negative excess deaths and every week it chips into the extra ones from March to May.

            I accept that it would need virtually zero deaths from ‘normal’ Winter flu to be sure you’d net out coronavirus deaths, but if there is compulsory vaccination as is being discussed and distancing it may happen.

          • Jeff 99 says:

            Scotland accounts for less than 10% of the U.K. population. It’s irrelevant as far as making such predictions about the entire U.K. is concerned.

            Zero people dying from flu in the winter/thinking everyone will get vaccinated (5G conspiracy theories anyone?).

            Good one.

    • P says:

      Maybe wear a mask though if you can get one given supposed to be quarantined and nobody knows if they happen to be asymptomatic unless tested.