Holidaymakers can head off to ‘low risk’ destinations – but check entry restrictions at your chosen destination

Holidaymakers have been given the green light to head off to destinations with a ‘low-risk’ of Covid-19.

The Government has relaxed travel restrictions, and people from England will be able to travel to around 60 countries.  Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have not yet agreed to the proposals.

But while the rule change means holidaymakers won’t have to quarantine on their return to the UK, they may find new entry requirements for their chosen destination.  These include a period of self isolation,  presenting a valid medical certificate proving you have tested negative for coronavirus, or providing confirmed accommodation details.  Failure to comply could result in the need to quarantine on arrival.

The 60 countries that currently no longer pose an unacceptably high risk of Covid-19 for British travellers are detailed below.  Click the country link to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s website for full details of any entry restrictions that could affect your stay and sign up for email alerts for Travel Advice to keep informed of any changes while you are travelling.

Europe

  • Austria –  You need to present a medical certificate confirming a negative molecular biological SARS-CoV-2 test taken in the last 4 days.  If you arrive from the UK without a valid medical certificate, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days
  • Andorra – currently no entry restrictions in place
  • Belgium – currently no entry restrictions in place
  • Croatia – Visitors from the EU/EEA and the UK will need an accommodation reservation to enter Croatia.
  • Cyprus – You cannot enter Cyprus if you have been in the UK in the last 14 days
  • Czech Republic –  Currently no restrictions in place on entering the Czech Republic if you are travelling from the UK
  • Denmark – You can enter Denmark without a two-week quarantine if you are arriving into Denmark from the UK. If you enter as a tourist, you need to document a holiday stay for at least six nights
  • Estonia – Travellers arriving in Estonia from the UK are required to self-isolate for 14 days
  • Finland – entry to Finland is prohibited for all non-resident foreign nationals entering the country, with some limited local exemptions
  • France – Arrivals from the UK and some other countries are asked to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in mainland France
  • Germany – Currently no general COVID-19-related restrictions on entry
  • Gibraltar – Currently no entry restrictions
  • Greece –  You will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form at least 48 hours before travel and may be required to take a test for coronavirus (COVID-19) and undergo a period of self-isolation
  • Hungary – To enter Hungary for exceptional reasons, or transit through Hungary, you must submit an application for exemption.  You will need a medical check and even if there are no symptoms, there will be 14 days of quarantine.
  • Iceland – Test for coronavirus (COVID-19) or self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
  • Ireland – Self-isolate for 14 days on arrival and complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form
  • Italy – Currently no entry restrictions
  • Latvia – Self-isolate for 14 days on arrival and 14 days on your return to the UK
  • Liechtenstein – Currently no entry restrictions
  • Lithuania – Self-isolate for 14 days
  • Luxembourg – Currently no entry restrictions
  • Malta – If travelling before 15 July, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival. From 16 July there will be temperature checks at the airport.
  • Monaco – Currently no entry restrictions
  • The Netherlands – Strongly advised to self-isolate for 14 days
  • Norway – From 15 July, quarantine-free travel is possible for those living in EU/EEA countries where the level of infection is at a sufficiently low level.  Details TBA.
  • Poland – Currently no entry restrictions
  • Portugal – Entry is  subject to health screening
  • San Marino – Currently no entry restrictions
  • Serbia – Currently no entry restrictions
  • Slovakia – Proof of a negative COVID-19 test  and must self-isolate on arrival.
  • Slovenia – 14-day quarantine requirement
  • Spain – Provide contact information and history of COVID-19 exposure 48 hours before travel.  There will be a temperature check and visual health assessment on arrival.
  • Switzerland – Currently no travel restrictions
  • Turkey – Currently no travel restrictions

Americas

  • Antigua & Barbuda – A Coronavirus test on arrival and potentially government-provided quarantine.
  • Bahamas – Currently no entry restrictions
  • Barbados – Mandatory testing at the airport
  • Bermuda – The LF Wade international airport is closed for passenger flights until further notice and the seaport is closed to visiting vessels.  Also a curfew is in place from 11pm until 5am daily.
  • Canada – If you’re eligible to enter Canada, and entry is limited, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival
  • Cayman Islands – Entry to the Cayman Islands is restricted and airports are closed to all international passenger flights until further notice
  • Dominica – Borders and airports are currently closed but will open for nationals and residents on 15 July, and for non nationals on 7 August. Arrival health protocols will be in place.
  • Grenada – The airport reopened on 1 July to regional and international passenger traffic.  If you’re eligible to enter, you will be screened, including rapid COVID test, and will need to comply with quarantine requirements
  • Jamaica – Before flying, you need authorisation to enter from the Visit Jamaica website.  All travellers arriving in Jamaica will be tested for Covid-19 and screened for symptoms at the airport
  • Martinique – You will need to complete a travel certificate and should complete an attestation to certify your reason for travel
  • South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands – Currently no entry restrictions
  • St Kitts and Nevis – Currently no entry restrictions
  • St Lucia – Currently no entry restrictions
  • St Pierre and Miquelon – You will need to complete a travel certificate and should complete an attestation to certify your reason for travel
  • St Vincent and The Grenadines – You will need to complete a Covid-19 questionnaire and there will be PCR testing on arrival and 24-hour quarantine.  Passengers arriving with negative antibody tests results (from a test carried out within the last 5 days) and negative PCR result (carried out within the last 2 days) would not be required to quarantine.
  • Trinidad and Tobago  – Currently no entry restrictions
  • Turks and Caicos Islands – Border closures are in place until 22 July and those arriving on emergency flights are subject to obligatory quarantine for 14 days.

Asia-Pacific

  • Australia – Entry to Australia is limited and all travellers need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility
  • Brunei – Entry to Brunei is severely restricted. If the Government of Brunei permits you entry, you will be required to go into quarantine on arrival at a government booked facility. All foreigners will have to pay $1,000 BND for a COVID-19 test upon arrival, and will need to cover the cost of their stay in a quarantine facility (14 days from the date of arrival).
  • French Polynesia – Entry to French Polynesia is limited and if you’re eligible to enter, you will need to self isolate for 14 days.  All travellers need to present a medical certificate
  • Hong Kong – Travellers who are not Hong Kong residents, will be denied entry,  If you’re eligible to enter, all travellers are required to take a mandatory medical coronavirus test and a compulsory quarantine
  • Japan – Arrivals who have been in the UK and other select countries in the last 14 days are currently unable to enter Japan and the visa waiver system is suspended for anyone travelling on a British passport until at least the end of July 2020.  Coronavirus screening and self isolation for 14 days may be required.
  • Macao – All travellers who are not residents of Macao, Hong Kong, Taiwan or mainland China will be denied entry to Macao
  • Malaysia – Entry  is prohibited, except for Malaysian nationals and foreign nationals holding certain categories of residency visas and employment passes.  Anyone granted permission to enter Malaysia must enter self-quarantine for 14 days. You
  • New Zealand – Entry to New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals.  The Cook Islands border is currently closed with limited exemptions
  • Taiwan – Foreign nationals are permitted into the country, but not for tourism or to visit friends. You will need to apply for a visa before travelling.  Foreign nationals entering Taiwan must provide a negative COVID-19 test report completed in the three working days prior to boarding their flight. Foreign residents of Taiwan are exempt from this requirement.
  • Thailand – Currently no entry restrictions
  • Singapore – Short-term visitors from anywhere in the world are not able to enter  and long-term pass holders and dependants need approval before entering Singapore
  • South Korea – All arrivals, regardless of nationality and length of stay, are required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) and to undergo quarantine for 14 days
  • Vietnam – Temporary suspension of visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals
  • Wallis and Futuna -You will need to complete a travel certificate and should complete an attestation to certify your reason for travel

Africa

  • Reunion – You will need to complete a travel certificate and should complete an attestation to certify your reason for travel

Antarctica

Published on 06/07/20

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