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Israel and eight other countries removed from quarantine list, no additions

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Your travel planning got slightly easier on Thursday when Grant Shapps announced that a number of countries and territories have been removed from the 14-day self isolation list.

These are:

  • Israel (Tel Aviv pictured below)
  • Namibia
  • Rwanda
  • Sri Lanka
  • Uruguay
  • Bonaire
  • St Eustatius & Saba
  • Northern Mariana Islands (no, me neither!)
  • US Virgin Islands
Tel Aviv beach

From 4am on Saturday 21st November, anyone returning to England from these countries will NOT have to self isolate for fourteen days.

This doesn’t mean, of course, that all of the countries above are willing to let you in!

No countries have been added to the quarantine list this week.

Travel corridors update

The Government has not yet amended the list of countries exempt from the Foreign Office ‘do not travel’ list (click here, but the standalone list has been temporarily removed for the November lockdown).

The official ‘travel corridor’ list is on this page of the Government website.

Comments (37)

  • John W says:

    Israel. No entry allowed
    Namibia. Test less than 72 hours old for entry
    Rwanda . Test prior and on arrival . 24 hrs quarantine
    Sri Lanka. No entry allowed
    Uruguay. Test before and 7 days quarantine plus test
    Bonaire . No entry allowed
    St Eustatius & Saba
    Northern Mariana Islands (no, me neither!)
    US Virgin

    • John W says:

      Not many opportunities!

    • Gringo says:

      There are exceptions for Israel entry but it’s quite rigid

    • cinereus says:

      Not really sure why he didn’t mention this…

      • Rob says:

        I think anyone lanning to visit any of the above will be doing their own research. Israel is the only one you are realisically going to visit and many UK residents will be Israeli passport holders which may change things.

  • ChrisC says:

    Northern Mariana Islands are a US dependency in the Pacific Ocean.

    As there are no direct flights to/from the UK you’d have to hop via a UK safe country

    Not that there are a lot of flights options from Saipan anyway.

  • Harry T says:

    I’m hoping they add South Africa soon. At least they’ve started adding African countries.

    • Chef says:

      Oh no your not going there are you Harry? We’re booked for March so you’ll probably be going in February and then they’ll lock it down?
      You’ve got form…

      • AJA says:

        Harry is HfP’s Typhoid Mary except that he doesn’t spread Covid but mysteriously places go on the quarantine list shortly after he visits…. 🙂

    • Radiata says:

      Booked mid-Dec for SA in the hope that by January will be on the list.. Redemptions and good vale premium tickets likely to evaporate when confirmed…

  • Mike P says:

    Bonaire is meant to be some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean and somewhere I’ve long wanted to go. Not much help that they have been removed from the quarantine list if they won’t let UK Citizens in though!

  • Anna says:

    Entry for USVIs is as per the rest of the USA, so that won’t be happening. They can’t even been letting other US citizens in if they’ve got their infection rate down that much!

  • Dave says:

    Where would be a more viable option for Christmas period?

    • John W says:

      That is what I am trying to work out – what is good for after Xmas day , but not overinflated like Maldives business

    • Rich says:

      It’s not very Christmassy, but Dubai will have pleasant weather, plentiful hotels, PCR test on arrival, no quarantine on return, and plenty of flights.

  • Nick_C says:

    Bonaire isn’t actually a country. Its part of the Netherlands.

    (The Netherlands is one of four countries that make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The other three are Aruba, Curacao, and Saint Maarten.)

    • Nick_C says:

      St Eustatius & Saba have the same status as Bonaire. Essentially municipalities within the Netherlands.

      Not trying to correct anyone, but I find the structure of KotN fascinating.

      • Anna says:

        Except they are all islands in the Caribbean, so while they are politically Dutch, it’s not really accurate to describe them as being “within the Netherlands”!

        Interesting fact – the island of Saint Maarten/St Martin is half Dutch and half French.

        • Dev says:

          The set up of the Kingdom of Netherlands is no different from the UK. There is the Netherlands (informally called Holland) which is the European part of the Kingdom, and the Caribbean islands which make up the remaining parts of the Kingdom. They are all countries within the Kingdom, just as England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are “countries” within the United Kingdom.

          Think of the UK and KotN as a supranational entity, within which we have countries. The best way to describe it is a federal monarchy but however you want to describe the countries/territories/municipalities of both the UK and the KotN outside of the main landmass in Europe, they are essentially colonial possessions.

          • Anna says:

            The Caribbean islands you refer to are British Overseas Territories, they are NOT part of the UK (just as the Channel Islands aren’t), they are British Overseas Territories. The term “within” means physically enclosed by to the majority of people, unless you qualify it by saying “within the jurisdiction of” or something similar. If you say “within the UK”, 99.9% of people are going to assume that it means inside the geographical boundaries of England, Wales, Scotland and NI.

          • The real John says:

            Dev did not say the British Overseas Territories are part of the UK.

            However the Dutch setup is different to the British.

            The Kingdom of the Netherlands comprises 4 countries: the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. The Netherlands is composed of European provinces (North Holland, South Holland, Utrecht etc) and Caribbean municipalities (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba).

            Analogous to: The United Kingdom comprises 4 countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. England is composed of counties (Kent, North Yorkshire, Greater Manchester…), unitary authorities (County Durham, Milton Keynes…) and London.

        • Nick_C says:

          It’s totally accurate to describe Bonaire as within the Netherlands. (But not Aruba or Curacao, which are separate countries in The Kingdom).

          St Maarten is also interesting as not only is the island divided between TKotN and France, but the French style is part of the EU whereas the “Dutch” side is not. AFAIK the border is not enforced in reality.

          • Mark says:

            It isn’t enforced. We once stayed in a hotel where our room was on the French side and we had breakfast on the Dutch side. Just have to make sure your mobile phone is locked to a French network to prevent roaming charges….

          • Nick_C says:

            @Mark. Thanks, that’s what I suspected. I was surprised it never came up in the discussions about the NI border with the Republic.

    • Rhys says:

      First you say Bonaire isn’t a country, and then you say it’s one of the four countries to make up the Kingdom. Which is it 😉

      • Nick_C says:

        No, you misread. Bonaire is essentially a municipality within the Netherlands. The Netherlands is one of four countries that make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

        • Rhys says:

          You’re right. It’s far too complicated! Let’s call it an island and leave it at that 😉

      • The real John says:

        Bonaire has never been a country. Its relationship with the Netherlands, and the Kingdom of the Netherlands is similar to the Isle of Wight with England, and the UK (if the Isle of Wight was in the Caribbean).

  • Graeme says:

    I’ve been to Tel Aviv in the last couple of years but I thought out of interest I’d check out the cost in Avios – I can’t believe what poor value it is.

    • Ian says:

      As far as I can see it’s the standard cost of a destination in Zone 4 (up to 3,000 miles) but I’m guessing you mean that’s poor value as it not a lot over 2,000 miles? A flight starting in say Dusseldorf would bring it down into Zone 3 but whether the hassle of that routing would be worth it is another matter.

    • LondonFoodie says:

      Correct. TelAviv is usually poor value on Avios. Except when you book for high Jewish Holidays or need an easily cancellable flight. The other thing to note is that inbound works out quite cheaper than outbound due to lower taxes.

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