Where can I go on holiday? 6 European holiday destinations Brits can soon enjoy

Jul 3, 2020

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to remove Spain.

On Friday afternoon, we got the information we had long been waiting for. After nearly four months of lockdown and strict travel restrictions, the U.K. government is going to allow us to travel to and from England.

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Friday’s announcement actually came in two waves. First, the government announced a set of travel corridors — 59 countries where travellers won’t be required to self-isolate upon arrival to England as of 10 July. The second announcement came from the FCO, which unveiled a set of 67 countries that it advises U.K. nationals can travel to for non-essential reasons as of 4 July.

Related: It’s official: Government lifts quarantine restrictions for travel from 59 low-risk countries

The sweet spots of these two announcements lies wherein a country is listed on both the travel corridors list and on the FCO’s permitted travel list. Thankfully, those sweet spots are numerous and include dozens of popular holiday destinations. But there are some discrepancies — 25 in total — where you may want to hold off on booking anything just yet until we get some more clarity.

Related: Bizarre discrepancies in government advice: Hold off booking trips to these 25 destinations

But for the countries that are now deemed both safe enough as a travel corridor and by the FCO, there still rests a huge problem: Will the countries on those lists let U.K. nationals in? As one of the countries with the highest number of coronavirus deaths, the U.K. is still on the do-not-allow list for many destinations.

With peak summer holiday travel now very much a possibility, here’s a look at what popular holiday destinations are allowing tourists from the U.K. Note that this isn’t an exhaustive list, rather some popular destinations in Europe.


As of 10 July, travellers from England can enter Croatia with no quarantine restrictions. Find out more information here.


As of Friday, Cyprus is still not an option for U.K. tourists. However, as of 1 August, the U.K. will be grouped with 17 other countries from which travellers will be required to get a health certificate in order to enter the country, according to ABC News. The document must declare them coronavirus-free at least three days before boarding a flight.


France plans to operate a reciprocal entry agreement with the U.K. So, as of 10 July, U.K. nationals will reportedly be able to enter France without quarantine restrictions. Find more information here.


As of 1 July, flights have resumed to all Greek airports from all countries, except those seriously affected by COVID-19 — including the U.K. The Greek government has specifically said that flights arriving in the country directly from the U.K. won’t be allowed until at least 15 July. However, U.K. nationals can still travel to the country by travelling from an EU airport. Upon arrival, there may be targeted and random coronavirus testing. Find more information here.

Related: Greece backtracks, bans UK flights until 15 July


As of 1 July, tourists travelling from EU countries, countries part of the Schengen agreement, the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City are allowed to enter Italy. Upon entry, you will not have to self-isolate for 14 days. Those travelling to four regions — Sardinia, Sicily, Puglia and Calabria —are required to register in advance. Find more information here.


As of 12 June, Turkey has lifted entry regulations. However, passengers are subject to medical screening upon entering the country.

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