With five new additions and the removal of Spain and Luxembourg, keep up to date with the full list of places currently exempt from quarantine in England and Scotland...
Please note: This information in this article is correct as of 11am on 7 August 2020. Please read on for any changes to the list.
At present, we have some clarity over who will be able to come into England and Scotland without having to quarantine, as well as where UK travellers will be able to travel without facing self-isolation.
The new rules came into place on 10 July 2020, and have been laid out by the FCO. See below for important information on how the new system will work.
The list for England and Scotland is formed of 58 destinations (including countries and territories) that have a low risk of coronavirus.
It is important to remember that although England and Scotland's lists are the same at the moment, they have been different in the past and can be different again in the future.
Don't forget! Just because a destination is on the list, it does not necessarily mean you can visit from England or Scotland.
It does mean that people currently in those countries can come to the UK without having to quarantine. Before travelling, it is still paramount that you check the travel restrictions in place for the country or island you want to visit.
That said, some places on the list – such as Italy and France – do allow travellers from England and Scotland to visit, which means you can go on holiday there without having to self-isolate on arrival or on return. Again, it's important you check the official travel advice for individual destinations.
The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas. Those in Andorra, Belgium or the Bahamas may need to quarantine on their return to the UK.
The FCO advises against all but essential travel to Luxembourg. Those returning from Luxembourg will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
The UK government has revoked the quarantine exemption on Spain, and returning travellers to the UK will now be expected to quarantine for 14 days whether they have been in mainland Spain or its islands (Balearics and Canaries). On 26 July, an FCO advisory was reintroduced against travel to mainland Spain. On 28 July, this was updated to include the islands.
From 28 July, England and Scotland's list includes Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This means you don't need to self-isolate upon your return.
Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia have also lifted their travel restriction for UK travellers, meaning those travelling from the UK can visit these countries without having to self-isolate on the way there or the way back.
To avoid quarantine in Austria, UK travellers need proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than four days.
Whether you're after a short city break in Paris, want to hang out in the iconic lavender fields of Provence, or you want an active adventure among northern France's cliffs and sand dunes – there are no quarantine measures on arrival or on return to England, so all of France is your oyster.
Famous for its beer halls and fairytale-like castles, there's much more to Germany than first meets the eye.
Be aware that to avoid quarantine, UK travellers need to pay for a COVID-19 test on arrival.
Sun-drenched vineyards, hillside villages, an azure coastline, an ancient history and bursting at the seams with art and culture. Oh Italy, how we've missed you!
Slovenia is only on England's quarantine exemption list, not Scotland's.
Please note that Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is only on England's quarantine exemption list.
It would appear that Ireland is already exempt from quarantine as part of the common travel area. The Channel Islands are exempt from quarantine in the UK, as is the Isle of Man.
The FCO have also noted on their official website that, in addition to this list, they "will be exempting the 14 British Overseas Territories."
The 14 British Overseas Territories are: Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and Turks and Caicos.
Of the 14, there are only two you can visit without quarantining on arrival, or when you return to the UK: Gibraltar, plus South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands.
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