English travellers are currently able to visit a select number of countries without facing a 14-day quarantine, under plans first announced in July by the Government.
What’s the latest news?
- Iceland is open to tourists, but all arrivals must pay to be tested twice for coronavirus and await the results in their hotel, or self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt)
- Belgium has become the latest country to launch an airport testing service
- Saudi Arabia will keep borders closed until 2021
- Denmark looks set to be added to the quarantine list
- Faroe Islands (visitors required to take Covid test at the airport on arrival)
- Portugal has been dropped from the quarantine-free list. Britons had until 4am on Saturday, September 12, to return home or face a two-week quarantine. The Azores and Madeira are exempt
- Hungary, French Polynesia and Réunion have also lost their “travel corridors”
- Sweden, however, is now on the “safe” list
- Seven Greek islands, including Crete and Mykonos, are the latest destinations to be removed from England’s list of travel corridors.
The full list
The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps provides weekly updates on which countries the Government has abandoned its quarantine policy for. They are:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
British Antarctic Territory
British Virgin Islands
Greece – except:
St Kitts and Nevis
St Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and the Grenadines
I’m returning from a country not on the list. What are the quarantine rules?
If you return to the UK from a country that is not on the travel corridor list you must self-isolate.
When you get home, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
You must also show proof of a completed passenger locator form at the UK border. You may be refused permission to enter the UK (if you are not a British citizen), or fined if you do not provide your contact details or fail to self-isolate.
If you travel from an exempt country but have been in a country that is not exempt within the past 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for the remainder of the 14 days since you were in a non-exempt country. If you transit through a country that is not exempt you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
For example, if you arrive in the UK from a country that is exempt, but you travelled to the exempt country four days ago from a country that is not exempt, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. If you’re travelling to the UK for less than 10 days you will need to self-isolate for the duration of your visit.