Last updated: Wednesday 16th December 2020 at 10:30PM
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With the rules forever changing, it can be hard to keep a track of where UK travellers can go on holiday without the threat of quarantine.
And by this I mean a place where:
- You don’t have to quarantine on arrival
- You don’t have to quarantine on your arrival home
But first, are you allowed to travel at the moment?
With restrictions changing all the time, you may want to check to see whether international leisure travel is allowed from your area of the UK.
You can check this quickly using my handy explainer guides.
'No test or quarantine' destinations
'Possible' holiday destinations
'Recently changed' destinations
Important to remember
This article is about to give you a quick overview but as things can change fast, always check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for the details of your destination before either booking or travelling. I will endeavour to keep this updated but I can’t be held responsible, or quoted to show a reason for purchase or travel.
No test and no quarantine holiday destinations
Some of these ‘no quarantine’ holiday destinations may have minor requirements for entry – please click on each to read up on the ‘entry requirements’ given by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. Read my guide on how to use the FCDO’s website here.
In general, this advice is for all of the UK unless specified:
What's going on with Greece?
On Thursday 12th November 2020, the UK government removed most of Greece off their travel corridor list but left the islands of Corfu, Crete, Rhodes and Zakynthos on. This means that you will have to quarantine on return from the rest of Greece as of Saturday 14th November. You can read up on all the details on Greece’s FCDO page.
IMPORTANT UPDATE – Between Friday 18th December and Thursday 7th January, all international arrivals into Greece will have to quarantine for 10 days.
Possible holiday destinations
These destinations could be possible, but they’re not quite as straight forward as those above. They may involve providing a negative test taken in the UK, taking a test at the airport, or perhaps even having to isolate for a number of days – so, not technically ‘no quarantine’ but not the full 14 days at least.
Therefore, the ‘entry requirements’ given by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office are going to be really important for each of these, so make sure you read them thoroughly! Read my guide on how to use the FCDO’s website here.
Please note that I have not included destinations that involve more than 7 days of quarantine.
In general, this advice is for all of the UK unless specified:
- Antigua and Barbuda (Test before departure)
- Azores (no direct flights)
- Bahrain (Test on arrival)
- Barbados (Test before departure)
- Bermuda (Test before departure)
- Chile (Test before departure)
- Cuba (Test on arrival)
- Dominica (Test before departure and on arrival)
- Grenada (Test before departure)
- Iceland (Test before departure)
- Jersey (Test before departure)
- Madeira (Test before departure or on arrival)
- Maldives (Test before departure)
- Namibia (no direct flights)
- Rwanda (Test before departure and on arrival)
- Seychelles (Test before departure and on arrival)
- St Lucia (Test before departure)
- St Vincent and the Grenadines (Test before departure)
- UAE (Test before departure or on arrival)
Chile is currently closed to tourists but there are plans in place to reopen Santiago International Airport to international visitors from 23rd November 2020 so make sure you sign up for the email updates on Chile’s FCDO page.
Recent changes to destinations
Have you been left scratching your head, thinking ‘I’m sure they were on the safe list recently?!??’ – well, that may be because they’ve just been taken off.
On Thursday10th December 2020, the following countries were removed from the travel corridor list:
On Thursday 3rd December 2020, no changes were made to the travel corridor list.
On Thursday 26th November 2020, a number of countries were added to the travel corridor list, but unfortunately we are unable to travel to any at present:
On Thursday 19th November 2020, the follow countries were added to the travel corridor list:
- Sri Lanka
- Bonaire, St Eustatius & Saba
- The Northern Mariana Islands
- The US Virgin Islands
No countries were taken off the travel corridor list.
On Thursday 12th November 2020, the following countries were added to the travel corridor list:
The following countries were removed from the UK’s travel corridor list:
- Greece (bar Corfus, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos)
On Thursday 5th November 2020, the following two countries were removed from the UK’s travel corridor list:
On Thursday 29th October 2020, the following country was removed from the UK’s exempt list:
On Thursday 22nd October 2020, the following country was removed off the UK’s ‘safe’ list. There are still options for travel and so it is now listed under ‘possible holiday destinations’:
On Thursday 15th October 2020, two countries that were on the ‘possible’ list were removed from the UK’s travel corridor list. You will now have to quarantine for 14 days when you return from:
On Thursday 8th October 2020, the following country introduced a need to have a negative test 72 hours before arriving, with a possibility to take a test in some of their airports instead:
On Thursday 1st October 2020, the following countries were removed from the UK’s travel corridor list:
On Friday 25th September 2020, the following country took the UK off their safe list:
Here’s where was removed from the UK’s safe list on Thursday 24th September 2020:
Need more help?
How do I navigate the FCDO advice?
Will I be able to travel to my destination in the future?
Now this is a tough one and whilst sometimes there is no rhyme nor reason to what stays on our ‘safe’ list and what doesn’t, there are a few helpful things that I do when I’m tracking a destination’s numbers which are:
1) Keep an eye on your destination's case rate per 100,000 people across 7 days
If the amount of cases goes over 20, this is normally when the government will start looking into whether they should be imposing a quarantine against that country. This doesn’t always happen (and with our own rising numbers it’s making things more complicated), but it’s a good number to be on the lookout for.
As there doesn’t seem to be an ‘official’ place to check the stats, I tend to check Statista who compile these numbers, and also @PPaulCharles on Twitter who tends to post these, and the 14 day rate, daily.
There’s also also student under the handle of @BenkersBen on Twitter who’s been diligently updating people about popular destinations.
Greece 🇬🇷 sees a slightly higher number of cases today.— Ben McCluskey (@BenkersBen) September 23, 2020
Have broken all of today's data and how things could play out in tomorrow's UK 🇬🇧 quarantine list review when considering UK government 🇬🇧 strategy!
My thread exploring the latest 👇 https://t.co/B4YvaLVfvA
2) Keep an eye on the UK's own case rates
Confusingly, many European countries don’t use the 7 day case rate but the 14 day case rate, but fortunately @PPaulCharles, as shown above, does compile these stats into his daily findings too.
You can also check out these rates directly from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) here.
If you’re worried about the UK being taken off your destinations ‘safe list’, find out what day their government makes a decision so that you can keep up to date.
This information will be in a different place for every single country but you’re looking for your destination’s equivalent of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office‘s website so perhaps start on their government’s website or search for their Foreign Office.
Some will have an English version (like Denmark’s below) and for others I ‘right click’ to find the ‘Translate to English’ option when I’m using Chrome which I find very helpful for translating full websites.
3) Wait for the UK government's weekly Thursday update
On Thursday around 5pm, Grant Shapps, The UK government’s Minister for Transport, will tweet out any changes to our quarantine lists. The FCDO advice will also update their guidance so make sure you ‘get email alerts’ for your destination to get notifications of any changes directly to your inbox.
Or, if you want a simpler approach, come and follow me on Instagram and I’ll be sure to summarise what’s happening each week!
My destination isn't on either of these lists
It may not be good news, I’m afraid, but you can check out the FCDO advice for what country you’re after by clicking on the country you’re after on the map below, or searching their global A-Z list here.
Did that help you find a 'no quarantine' holiday?
I hope so! And do make sure to let me know where you’ve booked so I can holiday vicariously though you.
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