Please be aware that the following information is based on recent FCO government guidance and is up to date as of Thursday, December 17th, 2020.
Coronavirus: Which holiday destinations can I travel to?
With Coronavirus forcing a number of countries to close their borders and airlines to ground flights, we’ve compiled a travel guide summarising the most recent changes to the UK’s foreign travel advice.
Where can I visit without encountering any restrictions?
There are only a handful of countries that holidaymakers from England can visit without any restrictions at either end. Many of these destinations require visitors to submit forms several days before departure:
Aruba – You can travel here with pre-approval and if you provide a negative test.
Bahrain– If you pay for a test on arrival.
Greek Islands (Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, and Zakynthos)- You must complete an online passenger locator form at least 24 hours before arrival and provide a recent negative test.
Cuba- You can pay for a test on arrival
Iceland- If you test negative on arrival and again five to six days later.
Turks and Caicos- Travellers must obtain pre-travel authorisation via the Turks and Caicos Assured Portal. This requires evidence of a negative COVID-19 test less than 5 days prior to arrival, proof of health or travel insurance with COVID-19 cover and a completed health screening questionnaire.
United Arab Emirates- Travellers coming from the UK to Dubai have the option to either present a negative PCR test before departure, which is valid for 96 hours from the date of the test or to take a test on arrival at Dubai airport.
Madeira and Azores- Travelling here requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test. If you cannot provide proof, you will be tested on arrival and must quarantine until the results come back.
Maldives- Tourists must take a private COVID-19 test no less than 96 hours before travelling, as well as a traveller health declaration form 24 hours before departure.
Which countries are exempt from England’s travel quarantine?
As the government believes that travellers from the below countries pose a reduced risk from COVID-19, these countries are exempt from quarantine upon arrival in England:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Azores, Bahrain, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba, Botswana, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, The Channel Islands, Chile, Cuba, Dominica, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Gibraltar, Greek islands: Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Zakynthos, Greenland, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, The Isle of Man, Israel, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Macao (Macau), Madeira, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Sri Lanka, St Barthélemy, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam
Do not forget! The above list means that travellers in that specific country can come to the UK without having to quarantine. This may not mean that you can visit these countries from the UK, be sure to check the travel restrictions which are in place for the country that you want to visit prior to booking your trip.
Be aware that some destinations require visitors to complete a COVID-19 test within a set time limit prior to arrival and present proof of a negative test. Ensure to check the government website for the country that you are visiting before travelling.
What are the recent changes to travel advice:
17/12/20- Grant Shapps has announced that Uruguay, Namibia and US Virgin Islands will be removed from the travel corridor list. From 4am Saturday 19th December, if you arrive in the UK from these destinations you will need to self-isolate.
Our current ‘Trending Travel’ destinations:
A little slice of paradise can be found in The Maldives. Crystal clear water encircles the islands and offers a wondrous array of tropical experiences for visitors. From swimming with sharks to watching incomparable sunsets, there is something for everyone.
You can travel to this Paradisical Island as a tourist without quarantine if you obtain a negative COVID-19 test no less than 96 hours before travelling. Social distancing measures are in place to prevent the spread of the virus and a distance of three feet must be maintained when going out. Like most places, the use of masks is mandatory when going out in public.
Be sure to check the government website for more information before travelling.