All 18 countries and territories you can visit from England without quarantine on either end

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Since July, the U.K. government has implemented its travel corridor policy on international travel. Nearly every week since July, however, the government’s has revised that list of approved countries where travellers can journey to without having to quarantine for 14 days on return to England.

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In addition to the travel corridor list, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has also revised its advice on travel to certain countries. After advising U.K. nationals against all non-essential international travel since the start of the coronavirus lockdown, the FCO has changed that. Now, the office issues destination-specific advice.

Related: All 66 countries, territories and regions that are on the UK’s travel corridor list

While there are some discrepancies on the two lists — some countries are deemed unsafe by the FCO but don’t have to quarantine on arrival in England, and vice versa — the sweet spot lies wherein a country is shown on both lists.

And on top of the travel corridors list and the FCO list of countries that it deems safe to travel to, the destination country has to be willing to let you in. Some countries, like Australia, don’t remain an option at all, as it’s still closed to tourism. On the other hand, some countries will let U.K. arrivals in but will also require you to quarantine for 14 days.

But what countries and territories will allow U.K. nationals in without quarantine and also appear on England’s travel corridors list? Overall, there aren’t many countries you can travel to without a quarantine on either end of the trip. In fact, there are only 18 — and they’re changing. For example, as of 19 September, Slovenia no longer appears on England’s travel corridors list.

(It’s worth noting that this list applies to countries that appear on England’s travel corridors list. The countries that appear on the lists of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may differ. And, of course, you can travel between the four nations of the United Kingdom without quarantine.)

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Barbados

The island nation requires travellers from the U.K. (a medium-risk country) have a negative COVID-19 test on arrival, taken within 72 hours. If you don’t have a negative test on arrival, you can get one at the airport for a fee of $150 (about £115) — but you’ll have to quarantine while you await the results. After 5-7 days, you will be required to take a second COVID-19 test.

Cuba

Travellers are permitted so long as they enter the country on international charter flights arriving directly into Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Santa Maria or Cayo Largo del Sur.

Curaçao

The Caribbean nation classifies the U.K. as a medium-risk country. Prior to departure, you must complete a digital immigration card online, fill out a Passenger Locator Card and have a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken less than 72 hours prior to arrival. In order to avoid quarantine, you must:

  • Have not travelled to a high-risk country or had contact with a person who has tested positive within 14 days prior to arrival;
  • Carry a printed document of proof of mandatory steps at all times during your travel;
  • Be insured for medical care and any additional costs if you are quarantined or become ill during your stay; and
  • Not have arrived via cruise.

If you test positive while in Curaçao, you will be quarantined immediately.

Cyprus

Travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel. You must also complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling and upload your negative PCR test results within 24 hours of flight departure. You may be subject to a test on arrival, and if a passenger on your flight tests positive on arrival to Cyprus, you may be subject to quarantine measures. It’s also worth noting that authorities in the north of Cyprus have suspended all arrivals until 20 September.

Denmark

No quarantine or negative test required for U.K. arrivals.

Faroe Islands

Visitors must take a COVID-19 test on arrival. Testing is free of charge up to and including 30 September. However, as of 1 October, travellers will have to pay for their own test, which will cost between DKK 390-500 (about £48-£62). On the sixth day of your stay, travellers should take a follow-up test.

Germany

No quarantine or negative test required for U.K. arrivals.

Gibraltar

No quarantine or negative test required for U.K. arrivals.

Greece (mainland and some islands)

Seven Greek Islands no longer appear on England’s travel corridors list. Travellers arriving in England from Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos must quarantine for 14 days. Other Greek Islands, as well as travel to the mainland, remain an option without quarantine on either end.

Related: Arrivals from 7 Greek Islands now have to quarantine as government unveils ‘regional’ travel corridors

Italy

No quarantine or negative test required for U.K. arrivals. However, tourists travelling to Sardinia, Sicily, Apulia or Calabria must register on each region’s respective website before arrival.

Liechtenstein

No quarantine or negative test required for U.K. nationals, so long as you haven’t visited a high-risk country or territory in the past 14 days.

Poland

No quarantine or negative test required for U.K. nationals.

Portugal (Azores and Madeira only)

Mainland Portugal no longer appears on England’s travel corridors list. Only the Azores and Madeira remain on England’s travel corridor list. Visitors to the islands must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken with 72 hours of arrival, or take a test on arrival and wait for the results at your accommodation.

San Marino

No quarantine or negative test required for U.K. arrivals.

Slovakia

No quarantine or negative test required for U.K. arrivals.

Sweden

No quarantine or negative test required for U.K. arrivals.

Turkey

No quarantine or negative test required for U.K. arrivals.

Vatican City

No quarantine or negative test required for U.K. arrivals.

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