Which countries can UK holidaymakers visit without restrictions on arrival? | Summer holidays

The UK government’s travel corridor list continues to be updated as Covid rates change, with many popular European holiday destinations removed in the last few weeks. Travellers now face a 14-day quarantine when arriving back from Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic and Switzerland, among other countries. The Foreign Office (FCO) also advises against travelling to these countries, invalidating the majority of insurance policies.

Although the travel corridor list currently includes 67 countries and territories, Britons are only able to travel to 17 of these without facing restrictions on arrival – and that number continues to change. In some cases, countries have an outright ban on tourists entering, such as Australia and New Zealand, and there are other instances where travellers face testing or quarantine on arrival, such as in Iceland and Ireland. As countries are removed from the UK’s safe list, reciprocal quarantine measures are being imposed in some cases, including for arrivals to France.

The FCO’s advice on non-essential travel is also continually changing – this is based on per capita case numbers, with countries above 20 per 100,000 for seven days likely to be removed. On 20 August, transport secretary Grant Shapps announced that a range of other factors are also taken into account, alongside the level and rate of confirmed cases, which includes the extent of testing in a country, whether cases were from a contained outbreak or general transmission, other government actions and more.

It is worth noting that previous trips may affect your next one. Some countries, such as Switzerland and Italy, have a ban on anyone who has been to a high-risk country in the previous 14 days, and both are periodically updating their lists. Security measures could be in place at borders to prevent potential loopholes for passengers attempting to transit through other “safe” countries in order to dodge travel bans.

Although there are now many destinations open to UK tourists without restrictions, some may still have health screenings on arrival, or an entry form to complete in advance, such as Croatia and Greece. Countries not listed below may require testing on arrival, mandatory quarantine or have a ban on arrivals from the UK. The situation is constantly changing and restrictions could be subject to re-enforcement without notice.

This article was first published 6 July at 12pm. It was updated at 5.30pm on 27 August

Countries and territories with no current restrictions (such as testing or quarantine) where UK nationals can now go on holiday

Denmark
Tourists must provide evidence online of a holiday stay for six nights or more.

Dominica
Borders are open to international tourists, including from the UK.

Estonia

Germany

Gibraltar

Greece
Arrivals must complete a Passenger Locator Form online before arrival. Lockdown measures have been reinstated on the island of Poros, including a ban on gatherings of more than nine people, bars and cafes closing by 11pm, groups of no more than four allowed in restaurants together, and masks mandatory at all times in public. Restaurants and bars will be closed from midnight to 7am on the islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Rhodes and Crete, from 11 to 23 August.

Italy and Vatican City
Arrivals from the UK who travelled outside the UK (to a list of high-risk countries) in the 14 days prior arriving must self-isolate for 14 days and complete an online declaration form.

Liechtenstein
Arrivals from the UK who have travelled outside the UK (to a list of high-risk countries) in the 14 days prior arriving self-isolate for 14 days.

Lithuania
Arrivals from the UK must register with the Ministry of Health in advance.

Norway
A list of countries with “acceptable levels of infection” now includes the UK, allowing quarantine-free travel.

Poland

Portugal
On the travel corridor list from 22 August.

San Marino

Slovakia
Arrivals from the UK who have travelled outside the UK (to any country not on Slovakia’s list of low-risk countries) in the 14 days prior arriving must self-isolate immediately and await testing.

Slovenia

Turkey
Health screenings on arrival, which may result in a coronavirus test (and a positive test would result in medical treatment at the expense of the traveller).

The following countries also appear on the government’s travel corridor list (arrivals to the UK from here face no quarantine). However, many have their own restrictions for passengers arriving from the UK.

Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Travellers who have been in the UK (or any other destination not listed in categories A or B) in the last 14 days are not allowed to enter Cyprus, where these two British overseas territories are located.

Antigua and Barbuda
If arriving by air, a health certificate is required with evidence of a negative test taken no more than seven days before arrival.

Anguilla
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK if borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

Australia
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK if borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

Barbados
A health certificate is required, with evidence of a negative test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Any travellers who fail to produce this face mandatory testing at the airport ($150) and will have to self-isolate until the test results are provided (up to 48 hours).

Bermuda
A pre-travel online authorisation process is required, including a $75 fee for each traveller, to cover the cost of testing on arrival. Tourist accommodation must also be booked in advance.

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK if borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

British Antarctic Territory
A permit is required to enter Antartica, obtained from the Polar Regions Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

British Indian Ocean Territory
Not a tourist destination and access is restricted, including visiting vessel permits for yachts not currently be issued until further notice.

British Virgin Islands
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK if borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

Brunei
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Cayman Islands
International passenger flights are suspended and airports closed. Travellers who have been in China in the past 14 days are not permitted to enter.

Channel Islands
In Jersey, evidence of a negative test is required in advance online, or tourists can test on arrival or self-isolate for 14 days. In Bailiwick of Guernsey, tourists must self-isolate for 14 days. However, arrivals from the Channel Islands to the UK face no restrictions.

Cuba
From 29 August Cuba is on the UK’s travel corridor list, however, tourists can only enter on international flights to visit following island destinations: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (via Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (via Santa Clara airport), and Cayo Largo del Sur. All other commercial and charter flights are still suspended, and entry by sea is not permitted.

Curaçao
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK if borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

Cyprus
Travellers who have been in the UK (or any other destination not listed in categories A or B) in the last 14 days are not allowed to enter, even if they transit via another country.

Falkland Islands
Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK if borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

Faroe Islands
Testing on arrival (free of charge), and self-isolation until results are received, which is likely to be the following day.

Fiji
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Finland
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

French Polynesia
Borders are open to tourists from the UK. As with all overseas French territories, arrivals from the UK will still be required to apply for a travel certificate in advance, with evidence of a negative test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival

Greenland
A health certificate is required, with evidence of a negative test taken no more than five days prior. Arrivals must also quarantine for five days. This is defined as travellers keeping distance from people other than those they have travelled with, while being permitted to leave their accommodation to go food shopping or for walks/hikes. On the fifth day, testing will be carried out again. If the result is negative the trip can proceed as planned or, if positive, the traveller will be contacted by the health authorities about treatment and isolation measures. Anyone who has been in Iceland or the Faroe Islands in the 14 days prior to arrival is exempt from re-testing.

Grenada
Health screening on arrival including a coronavirus test. Quarantine measures are expected to be announced shortly.

Guadeloupe
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK, if the borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

Hong Kong
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Hungary
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Iceland
Testing on arrival or self-isolation for 14 days. Arrivals must also fill in a registration form online, pre-arrival. If booked in advance, tests cost £53 (alternatively, £65 on arrival). Children born in 2005 or later will be exempt. After a positive test result, individuals will be given accommodation at a specialised isolation centre at no cost, and must self-isolate for 14 days. They may also face isolation if someone in close proximity on the same flight has tested positive.

Ireland
The Irish government released a list of countries whose nationals no longer face restrictions when arriving in Ireland, but the UK is currently excluded, and UK nationals arriving in Ireland must self-isolate for 14 days. However, arrivals from Ireland to the UK face no restrictions.

Isle of Man
Borders remain closed to tourists from the rest of the UK.

Japan
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Transit permitted, if connecting flight is in the same airport.

Latvia
From 14 August, arrivals from the UK face 14-day self isolation. A contact form must be completed in advance of travel, listing the countries visited in the previous 14 days.

Macao
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Malaysia
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Transit via Kuala Lumpur permitted but travellers must remain in the airport.

Mauritius
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Montserrat
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

New Caledonia
All overseas French territories require arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days and apply for a travel certificate in advance. Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK, if the borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

New Zealand
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Pitcairn Island
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Réunion
All overseas French territories require arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days and apply for a travel certificate in advance.

Seychelles
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Borders opened to low- and medium-risk countries on 1 August, but this list does not currently include the UK.

South Georgia and Sandwich Islands
Limited tourist season (currently closed until at least August 2020).

South Korea
Testing on arrival and mandatory 14-day self-isolation regardless of results (anyone who test positive will be isolated at a hospital or community treatment centre). Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK, if the borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

St Barthélemy
All overseas French territories require arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days and apply for a travel certificate in advance. Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK, if the borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

St Kitts and Nevis
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

St Lucia
A health certificate is required, with evidence of a negative test taken no more than seven days days before arrival. Screening at airports including temperature checks, with any symptomatic passengers will isolated and tested. A pre-arrival online registration form must also be completed.

St Pierre and Miquelon
All overseas French territories require arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days and apply for a travel certificate in advance.

St Vincent and the Grenadines
Flights suspended. Testing on arrival, and mandatory 24-hour self-isolation while awaiting results.

Taiwan
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Vietnam
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Source: The Guardian

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