Breaking News: July 3
Overseas holidays and visits to up to 60 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.
List of Countries With NO 14-Day Quarantine For Returning UK Travellers
• Antigua and Barbuda
• Czech Republic
• Faroe Islands
• French Polynesia
• Hong Kong
• New Caledonia
• New Zealand
• San Marino
• Sint Eustatius and Saba
• South Korea
• St Barthélemy
• St Kitts and Nevis
• St Lucia
• St Pierre and Miquelon
• Trinidad and Tobago
• Vatican City
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
A draft of the colour-coded countries reported by the Daily Mail is as follows:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- South Africa
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.
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.