All 11 countries and territories you can visit from England without quarantine on either end

Dec 15, 2020

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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 has revised that list of approved countries where travellers can journey to without having to quarantine for 10 days on return to England.

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In addition to the travel corridor list, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development 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 FCDO has changed that. Now, the office issues destination-specific advice.

While there are some discrepancies on the two lists — some countries are deemed unsafe by the FCDO 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 FCDO list of destinations that it deems safe to travel to, the destination 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.

Keep in mind that England is also changing its own quarantine requirements for arrivals. In the past few weeks, the whole of the U.K. reduced its quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days. Additionally, as of 15 December, England’s Test to Release scheme is in place. In other words, on your fifth day of quarantine, you can elect to pay for a COVID PCR test. If the test returns a negative result, you can forgo the remainder of your quarantine period.

But what countries and territories will allow U.K. nationals in without quarantine and also appear on England’s travel corridors list? Alternatively, what countries will allow British travellers in without quarantine as long as you provide a negative COVID-19 test? Overall, there aren’t many you can travel to without a quarantine on either end of the trip so long as you have a negative test. In fact, there are only 11 — and they change often. For example, Namibia will be removed from England’s travel corridor list as of 19 December.

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(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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Aruba

You can enter Aruba so long as you have a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure for Aruba (at-home tests aren’t accepted — only those from a clinic). You must also complete and obtain approval to travel to Aruba through an online form. Additionally, you have to purchase Aruba’s COVID-19 insurance for the duration of your trip, agree to health screening and temperature checks on arrival and wear a mask during the flight and at the airport.

Alternatively, you can elect to test on arrival to Aruba, but then you’ll have to quarantine for 24 hours.

Botswana

All arrivals into Botswana must present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test performed no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival. After arrival, you’ll need to remain in contact with the local health authority for 14 days for self-monitoring. You won’t need to quarantine unless you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival.

Chile

In order to avoid a 14-day quarantine, you must have a negative PCR Sars-Covid2 test (rapid tests are not acceptable), taken no more than 72 hours before boarding your final flight to Santiago. You must also complete the declaration form Pasaporte Sanitario before entry. Finally, you must have health or travel insurance that covers COVID-related medical care up to a minimum of $30,000 for the duration of your visit.

Cuba

You must have a negative PCR test result on arrival to Cuba. If you’re part of an organised tour group, you will not need to quarantine — you will be transferred from the airport to the hotel and briefed on further medical checks or testing. However, independent travellers will have to self-isolate and take a further PCR test on their fifth day.

Gibraltar

No quarantine or negative test required for U.K. arrivals, however, you must complete a passenger locator form.

Greek Islands

As of 14 November, the country of Greece has been removed from the travel corridors list. However, the government elected to keep five Greek islands on the list. You can still visit Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos without having to quarantine for 14 days on return to England.

However, Greece has new entry requirements, which mean that you must have a negative PCR test in order to be allowed in. Additionally, you must complete a passenger locator form at least 24 hours prior to arrival.

As of 18 December, however, Greece will be removed from this list. As of that date, you will still need to have a negative PCR test and completed the passenger locator form on arrival, however, passengers will then be required to complete a rapid COVID test on arrival and to self-isolate for three days in the event of a negative test result. If the result is positive, the Greek authorities will ask you to quarantine until advised otherwise.

Maldives

You must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate, issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure. All travellers must also fill out a Traveller Health Declaration form 24 hours before departure to the Maldives.

Portugal (Azores and Madeira only)

Mainland Portugal no longer appears on England’s travel corridors list. Only the Azores and Madeira remain on the list.

Visitors to the islands must complete a traveller questionnaire and 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. For the Azores, you must complete a passenger questionnaire, and for Madeira, you must complete a questionnaire 12 to 48 hours before departure.

St Barthélemy

You must show a negative RT-PCR or Antigen COVID-19 test. For a PCR test, the date the test was administered must be within 72 hours of your arrival. For the Antigen test, the date the test was administered must be within 48 hours of arrival. If you plan to stay longer than seven days, you’ll be required to take an additional RT-PCR COVID-19 test in St. Barths at your own expense (€135, or about £122) on the eighth day after arrival. If you test positive, you will be required to self-quarantine for seven days or until you re-test negative.

Turks and Caicos

There is no quarantine on arrival in Turks and Caicos. However, you must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most five days before arrival and have obtained pre-travel authorisation via the country’s Assured Portal.

United Arab Emirates

Those travelling from the U.K. to the UAE can take a PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport. If you test positive, you may have to self-quarantine at a government facility. However, you can also have a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of departure in order to get into the country. You must complete a Health Declaration Form and Quarantine Form — both need to be printed and handed to authorities on arrival.

Additional reporting by Daniel Ross

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