Where can I go? Countries UK holidaymakers can travel to without restriction

Antonia Wilson
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The number of countries that travellers can visit from the UK without any restrictions has risen after transport secretary Grant Shapps added the Canaries, Denmark, Mykonos and the Maldives to the travel corridor list on 22 October. Mykonos had been the only island in Greece that wasn’t on the travel corridor list. Sweden, Greece and Gibraltar remain on the travel corridor list but the German government is requiring travellers from anywhere in the UK to quarantine for 14 days on entering Germany, as of 11.01 on 23 October. The UK Foreign Office travel advice states “those who can provide evidence of a negative test taken in a European Union member state or a state with comparable quality standards less than 48 hours prior to arrival may be exempted from the requirement to quarantine.”

Although Denmark has been added to the UK’s green list, the Danish government has banned UK travellers “without a worthy purpose”.

Italy was removed from England’s travel corridor on 15 October, meaning travellers from the countryhave to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.

Italy’s new rules also require visitors from the UK and other countries to provide evidence of a negative Covid test taken 72 hours before travel.

Related: Can Britons book their summer holidays now? And other questions answered

It is worth noting that previous trips may affect your next one. Some countries, such Italy, have a ban on anyone who has been to a high-risk country in the previous 14 days, and it is periodically updating its list. Security measures could be in place at borders to prevent potential loopholes for passengers attempting to transit through other “safe” countries in order to dodge travel bans.

This article was first published 6 July at 12pm. It was updated at 5.30pm on 22 October.

Countries and territories with no current restrictions (such as testing or quarantine) where UK nationals can now go on holiday

Germany
Passengers from anywhere in the UK must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Germany, although in most regions, will be permitted to continue as usual following a negative test result.

Gibraltar
Passengers from Gibraltar must self-isolate when arriving in Wales (but not Scotland, England or Northern Ireland). All arrivals must fill in a passenger locator form (after check-in at the airport).

Greece
Arrivals must complete a Passenger Locator Form online before arrival. As of 3 September, passengers from Greece must self-isolate when arriving in Scotland.

Canary Islands
Passengers have to provide contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 48 hours prior to travel. They also have to have a temperature check and visual health assessment.

Maldives

Denmark
The UK is on Denmark’s list of ‘banned countries’. You can not enter the country unless you have “a worthy purpose”.

Sweden

The following countries also appear on the government’s travel corridor list (arrivals to the UK from here face no quarantine). However, many have their own restrictions for passengers arriving from the UK.

Antigua and Barbuda
If arriving by air, a health certificate is required with evidence of a negative test taken no more than seven days before arrival.

Anguilla
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK if borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

Australia
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK if borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

Barbados
A health certificate is required, with evidence of a negative test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Bermuda
A pre-travel online authorisation process is required, including a $75 fee for each traveller, to cover the cost of testing on arrival. Tourist accommodation must also be booked in advance.

British Antarctic Territory
A permit is required to enter Antartica, obtained from the Polar Regions Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

British Indian Ocean Territory
Not a tourist destination and access is restricted, including visiting vessel permits for yachts not currently be issued until further notice.

British Virgin Islands
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK if borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

Brunei
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Cayman Islands
International passenger flights are suspended and airports closed. Travellers who have been in China in the past 14 days are not permitted to enter.

Channel Islands
In Jersey, evidence of a negative test is required in advance online, or tourists can test on arrival or self-isolate for 14 days. In Bailiwick of Guernsey, tourists must self-isolate for 14 days. However, arrivals from the Channel Islands to the UK face no restrictions.

Cuba
From 29 August Cuba is on the UK’s travel corridor list, however, tourists can only enter on international flights to visit following island destinations: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (via Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (via Santa Clara airport), and Cayo Largo del Sur. All other commercial and charter flights are still suspended, and entry by sea is not permitted.

Cyprus
Travellers from categories A or B (including the UK) are allowed to enter the county but will need to provide test results from no more than 72 hours before arrival, and complete a form online in advance.

Dominica
Tourists must provide negative test results taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, and must also complete an online questionnaire. Another test will be taken on arrival, and currently UK tourists must self-isolate while waiting for results at a government facility at their expense.

Estonia
Arrivals from the UK must self-isolate for 14 days. Alternatively, to reduce this time period, arrivals can take two tests – once on arrival (€67, results in 1-2 days), and again no sooner than seven days later (self-isolating during the seven days).

Falkland Islands
Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK if borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

Faroe Islands
Testing on arrival (free of charge), and self-isolation until results are received, which is likely to be the following day.

Fiji
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Finland
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Greenland
A health certificate is required, with evidence of a negative test taken no more than five days prior. Arrivals must also quarantine for five days. This is defined as travellers keeping distance from people other than those they have travelled with, while being permitted to leave their accommodation to go food shopping or for walks/hikes. On the fifth day, testing will be carried out again. If the result is negative the trip can proceed as planned or, if positive, the traveller will be contacted by the health authorities about treatment and isolation measures. Anyone who has been in Iceland or the Faroe Islands in the 14 days prior to arrival is exempt from re-testing.

Grenada
Health screening on arrival including a coronavirus test. Quarantine measures are expected to be announced shortly.

Hong Kong
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Transit permitted.

Ireland
The Irish government released a list of countries whose nationals no longer face restrictions when arriving in Ireland, but the UK is currently excluded, and UK nationals arriving in Ireland must self-isolate for 14 days. However, arrivals from Ireland to the UK face no restrictions.

Isle of Man
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Japan
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Transit permitted, if connecting flight is in the same airport.

Latvia
From 14 August, arrivals from the UK face 14-day self isolation. A contact form must be completed in advance of travel, listing the countries visited in the previous 14 days.

Liechtenstein
Travellers who have visited the UK in the past 10 days will be required to quarantine for 10 days on entry to Liechtenstein

Lithuania
If arriving from a country that has exceeded 16 cases per 100,000 of population in the last 14 days –which currently includes the UK – travellers are required to self-isolate for 14 days. If cases have exceeded 25 per 100,000, travellers must present a negative test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. All arrivals must also register with the Ministry of Health in advance.

Macao
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Malaysia
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Transit via Kuala Lumpur permitted but travellers must remain in the airport.

Mauritius
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Montserrat
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

New Caledonia
All overseas French territories require arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days and apply for a travel certificate in advance. Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK, if the borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

New Zealand
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Norway
The UK is not currently on the list of countries with “acceptable levels of infection”, which allows for quarantine-free travel. Travellers arriving from the UK must therefore self-isolate for 10 days.

Pitcairn Island
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Portugal – Azores and Madeira
Passengers from Portugal must self-isolate for 14 days when arriving in the UK except those travelling from the Azores and Madeira. However, all passengers arriving in the Azores and Madeira, must show proof of a negative Covid test carried out no more than 72 hours before their departure. If arrivals do not have proof of a negative test, they will be asked to test at the airport, free of charge, and self-isolate while awaiting results (usually 12 hours later).

Seychelles
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK. Borders opened to low- and medium-risk countries on 1 August, but this list does not currently include the UK.

South Georgia and Sandwich Islands
Limited tourist season (currently closed until at least August 2020).

South Korea
Testing on arrival and mandatory 14-day self-isolation regardless of results (anyone who test positive will be isolated at a hospital or community treatment centre). Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK, if the borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

St Barthélemy
All overseas French territories require arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days and apply for a travel certificate in advance. Although travellers will not face quarantine on return to the UK, if the borders open, the FCO still advises against all but essential travel.

St Kitts and Nevis
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

St Lucia
A health certificate is required, with evidence of a negative test taken no more than seven days days before arrival. Screening at airports including temperature checks, with any symptomatic passengers will isolated and tested. A pre-arrival online registration form must also be completed.

St Pierre and Miquelon
All overseas French territories require arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days and apply for a travel certificate in advance.

St Vincent and the Grenadines
Flights suspended. Testing on arrival, and mandatory 24-hour self-isolation while awaiting results.

Taiwan
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.

Vietnam
Borders remain closed to tourists from the UK.