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Recent Updates

Sept 17: The following countries will be removed from the exempt list on September 19 2020:

  • Slovenia
  • Guadeloupe 


The following countries will be ADDED to the exempt list on September 19 2020:

  • Thailand
  • Singapore


For Sept 10: The following countries will be removed from the exempt list at 4am, Saturday, 12 September 2020 –

  • French Polynesia
  • Hungary
  • Portugal (except the Azores and Madeira)
  • Reunion 

Recent Updates

For Sept 7:  The following Greek islands have been removed:

Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos

For August 27: 

The following countries will be removed from the exempt list at 4am, Saturday, 29 August 2020:

For August 22: The following countries will be removed at 4:00 am:

  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Trinidad and Tobago

For August 22: The following countries will be ADDED at 4:00 am:

  • Portugal

For August 15: 
The following countries will be removed:

  • Aruba
  • France
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • the Netherlands
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

Recent Updates

August 8: 
The following countries were removed:

  • Andorra
  • The Bahamas
  • Belgium

Recent Updates

July 31: 
The following country was removed:

  • Luxembourg 

Recent Updates

July 24:

5 new Countries were added to the list today including Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Overseas holidays and visits to up to 65 countries is now possible for Britons from July 10th without the need to quarantine for 14 days on return.

The Foreign Office lifted its ban on non-essential travel to nearly all EU countries, British territories such as Bermuda and Gibraltar, and Australia and New Zealand.

Turkey, a popular holiday destination, is also included in the list.

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List of Countries With NO 14-Day Quarantine For Returning UK Travellers

(as of Sept 19, 2020)

  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Brunei 
  • Cayman Islands
  • the Channel Islands
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Gibraltar
  • Germany
  • Greece (with the exception of Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos)
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • the Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Macao (Macau)
  • Malaysia 
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Poland
  • San Marino
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Korea
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • 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
  • Turkey
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Vatican City State
  • Vietnam
UK Removes isolation for 60 countries

The above list is all the countries Brits can go and not have to quarantine upon return, but what countries are currently accepting UK tourists? We have a full list of EVERY country worldwide that is allowing Brits 

Looking for entry requirements for travel INTO the UK? Find that HERE

The above countries are being defined as official ‘travel corridors' with the UK, starting on July 10, 2020.

Passengers do not have to self-isolate/quarantine upon arrival if they travel exclusively to the above nations.

UK Travel Corridor Rules

From 10 July 2020 you will not have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, if you:

  • are travelling or returning from one of the travel corridor countries
  • have not been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridor list in the previous 14 day

This applies to all travel to England, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route.

If you have been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridor list you will have to self-isolate until 14 days have passed since you left that country.

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Is this the same as the proposed ‘air-bridge'?

Yes, it is the same idea, but is being called a ‘travel corridor' instead of ‘air-bridge' as it also applies to travel by train, ferry, coach, etc. 

Is this only for UK citizens, or for travellers visiting the UK?

Grant Schapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, says these new rules will allow for “travel to England”, clarifying this is for both UK citizens returning home after travel, AND for third-party visitors coming into England. 

Original Story published last week continues below…

As the UK sits on the edge of their seat waiting on the latest Air Bridge news to formally be announced, more updates became public today about countries that may be included on the safe-lists, and a date of when this could all be set into motion.

Boris Johnson was expected to announce today, on June 29 that deals have been put in place for so-called air bridges with a “small number” of countries with low levels of coronavirus.

This would mean Britons could go on holiday without having to spend 14 days in quarantine when they return. Foreign tourists would also be able to come to the UK without having to self-isolate on arrival.

tourist wearing mask

The government has in fact confirmed they will be dropping the 14-day quarantine for certain countries so that UK citizens can still travel this summer.

Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary stated:

“Today I can confirm that the government will shortly begin to ease the health measures at the UK border, allowing passengers to be exempted from self-isolation requirements in certain circumstances on arrival in the UK.”

A proposed traffic light system for UK travellers was created by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer, and if approved will come into play for July 6th.

On the list are countries divided up into 3 colors based on factors like prevalence of the virus, how reliable the data is coming out of the nation, and what the trajectory looks like for the next coming weeks.

United Kingdom Reopening To Tourists In June

Green countries = Quarantine-free travel. Nations having a lower risk than the UK

Amber countries = Quarantine-free travel. Nations having a higher-risk than the UK, but still low risk of contracting the virus on vacation. Additional measures may apply.

Red countries = Quarantine-required travel. Nations where the risk is too high to enable UK tourists to return home without a quarantine period.

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A draft of the colour-coded countries reported by the Daily Mail is as follows:


  • Austria
  • Barbados
  • Croatia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam


  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Spain


  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Sweden
  • Portugal
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Israel
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • South Africa
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Two noticeably absent countries include the United States, of which we don’t expect to show on any list but red, and Turkey, who is currently in talks with the UK in a potential air-bridge deal.

Greece was a nation originally thought to be in the final stages of an air-bridge deal, but today announced they have extended the ban on UK arrivals until at least July 15th.

Portugal is another nation believed to be included in an air-bridge deal but shows as a ‘red’ country on the above list, which would still require quarantine protocols.

traveler in front of grosvenor-hotel-london

A decision is expected to be made for a list of countries with quarantine-free travel, or approved air-bridge nations, by July 6th. If the decision becomes a formal announcement, the Foreign Office is also expected to lift the current travel advisory from its current “against all but essential international travel.”

The UK only put the 14-day quarantine period in place on June 8th, and has been in talks to make international travel corridor exceptions almost from the very day of its inception.

The European Union is also on the cusp of announcing the dates when they will be reopening their borders for tourism to 14 countries outside the EU.

The list is tentative and has not yet been finalized by the European Union but is expected to be announced Tuesday June 30th by mid-day.

Read More: See our complete guide of countries now reopen for international tourism, which countries are expected to be able to travel to the EU, and which cruise ships have reopened for sailings. 

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