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Revealed: The nine countries where Brits can travel without quarantine or a test

A list of nine countries Brits can travel to can be seen alongside a photo of people wearing masks.
Here are the nine countries Brits can still travel to without restrictions (Picture: Rex)

As coronavirus infection rates continue to soar across Europe, the number of holiday destinations people can travel to without quarantining or taking tests has dwindled to nine destinations.

On Thursday, Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and the Caribbean island of Curacao were removed from the Government’s list of travel corridors due to significant rises in cases.

This means travellers arriving in the UK from those countries after 4am on Saturday must self-isolate for 14 days, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

While yesterday’s decision applied to UK-wide travellers, there has been some variation in restrictions across the UK’s four nations in recent months.

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So far, there are more than 60 countries on the Government’s travel ‘green list’ which means those returning to England don’t have to quarantine, with the devolved nations also putting restrictions in place.

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But some countries have their own travel rules which means British visitors won’t be allowed entry unless they have a valid reason to travel, or they take a test.

Here are the nine countries where travellers from England won’t face any restrictions:

A map of Europe showing 9 countries where British travellers can go without quarantining or having a COVID-19 test
Although there are over 60 countries that people flying back to England don’t have to quarantine from, there are only 9 that travellers flying into don’t have to be tested (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Turkey

If you are travelling to Turkey, you will be required to undergo a medical check for symptoms of coronavirus. If you show symptoms, you’ll be required to undergo a Covid-19 test.

Gibraltar

All travellers must complete an online contact tracing passenger locator form 14 days before they travel. While travellers from England don’t have to quarantine upon returning, Gibraltar is on the quarantine list for Wales.

Sweden

Sweden was added to the UK ‘green list’ on September 12. There are limited direct flights available between Stockholm and London.

Passengers wearing protective facemasks arriving at Heathrow airport Terminal 5
Passengers wearing protective facemasks arriving at Heathrow airport Terminal 5 (Picture: Amer Ghazzal/REX)

Poland

UK nationals are not required to self-isolate on arrival in Poland, unless you have coronavirus symptoms or you have come into contact with someone who has. Stricter sanitary measures have been enforced in Krakow where there are a number of coronavirus cases.

Germany

There are currently no general Covid-19 related restrictions on entry into Germany from the UK. If however you are entering from an area where there is a high rate of infection, you may have to go into quarantine.

Flights returning to the UK from Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport will transit in France, so travellers passing through this airport will be required to self-isolate upon returning to the UK. 

Italy

This includes Vatican City. If however you are travelling to Sardinia, you must register your trip in advance with the local authorities.

A British Airways passenger jet comes in to land at London Heathrow Airport in west London.
A British Airways passenger jet comes in to land at London Heathrow Airport in west London (Picture: Adrian Dennis/AFP)

Greece (mainland)

There are regional travel corridors in place for Greece, where quarantine measures have been introduced for its islands but not in the mainland, depending on which region of the UK you live in.

Since health is a devolved policy, the UK’s devolved nations, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, make different quarantine decisions.

  • Except for Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante), Brits from England can travel to mainland Greece.
  • Each household (including children) must complete a passenger locator form a minimum of 24 hours before travel. If you do not, your airline might not allow you to travel, you may receive a 500 Euro fine on arrival or the Greek authorities will refuse your entry into the country.
  • If you are returning to England or Northern Ireland from Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante) on or after 9 September, you will need to self-isolate on your return.
  • If you are returning to Wales from the islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos you are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • If you are returning to Scotland from mainland Greece, you will need to self-isolate on your return.
Passengers wearing face masks arrive at Heathrow Airport in London.
Passengers arrive at Heathrow Airport in London (Picture: Andy Rain/EPA)

Liechtenstein

Before travelling, you must provide your journey and contact details.

San Marino

Before travelling, you must provide your journey and contact details.

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People returning to England from countries not listed as a ‘travel corridor’ who refuse to self-isolate for 14 days could face a hefty fine of £1,000. Failure to provide accurate contact details will also incur a fine of up to £3,200.

According to regulations decided by the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) which works with chief medical officers across the UK, breaching a threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 people over seven days is the main criteria which decides if a country or island should be removed from the Government’s travel corridor list for England.

The UK’s coronavirus rate has risen to more than 40 cases per 100,000 people, meaning British travellers face restrictions when arriving in certain countries. According to government advice:

  • British nationals cannot enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil or China within the previous 14 days.
  • Japan has suspended its visa waiver system for UK citizens. But British nationals with Status of Residence in Japan will be allowed to re-enter if they have a valid re-entry permit and written evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of their flight departure time.

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