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The 58 places exempt from quarantine in England and Scotland

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...

List of low risk countries for which England's quarantine has been scrapped (Shutterstock)

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.

What does this list mean?

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.

What's new on the list?

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. 

The full list of 58 destinations that are exempt from quarantine on arrival in England and Scotland

Let's start with the 26 destinations you can actually go to

1. Austria

To avoid quarantine in Austria, UK travellers need proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than four days. 

Discover Austria's best travel experiences

2. Croatia

Your guide to Croatia's national parks

Denmark is on the travel corridor list (Shutterstock)

Denmark is on the travel corridor list (Shutterstock)

3. Czech Republic

How to spend 24 hours in Prague, Czech Republic

4. Denmark

Consider a short break to Aarhus

5. Faroe Islands

See our Faroe Islands travel guide

A lavender field in Provence (Shutterstock)

A lavender field in Provence (Shutterstock)

6. France

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. 

Here's what to see and do in France

7. Germany

Famous for its beer halls and fairytale-like castles, there's much more to Germany than first meets the eye. 

The top things you must do in Germany

8. Greenland

Check out our full travel guide to Greenland

Travellers from England can holiday in Italy without facing quarantine on arrival or on return (Shutterstock)

Travellers from England can holiday in Italy without facing quarantine on arrival or on return (Shutterstock)

9. Iceland

Be aware that to avoid quarantine, UK travellers need to pay for a COVID-19 test on arrival. 

Mark Stratton's experience of travelling to Iceland during COVID

10. Italy

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! 

Here's our favourite things to do in Italy

11. Liechtenstein

See our travel guide for Liechtenstein

12. Lithuania

We recommend Lithuania's west coast

Malta is on the quarantine exemption list (Shutterstock)

Malta is on the quarantine exemption list (Shutterstock)

13. Malta

Enjoy one of Malta's lesser-known destinations

14. Monaco

Check out our travel guide to Monaco

15. The Netherlands

These are the best things to do in The Hague

The Netherlands is not quarantining UK travellers on arrival (Shutterstock)

The Netherlands is not quarantining UK travellers on arrival (Shutterstock)

16. Poland

Consider a short break in Gdańsk, Poland

17. Réunion

We explore this little-known island

18. San Marino

Here's our travel guide to San Marino

Switzerland is on the list and you will not have to quarantine on either side (Shutterstock)

Switzerland is on the list and you will not have to quarantine on either side (Shutterstock)

19. Switzerland

Why the Grand Tour is an incredible way to explore Switzerland

Turkey is on England's travel corridor list (Shutterstock)

Turkey is on England's travel corridor list (Shutterstock)

20. Turkey

Here's 11 adventures to have in Turkey

21. Vatican City

Here are more of Europe's smallest countries

22. Norway

Here's why you should visit Tromsø, Norway in summer

23. Slovenia

Slovenia is only on England's quarantine exemption list, not Scotland's.

Here's 12 of the best things to do in Slovenia

24. Estonia

 

5 reasons to visit Estonia's capital, Tallinn

25. Latvia

 

Here's 9 things to do in western Latvia

26. Slovakia

 

We go on the lookout for bears in Slovakia

The other 32 countries that are exempt from the UK's quarantine (and still have travel restrictions)

27. Hungary

Things to do for free in Budapest

28. Cyprus

Why you should travel to rural Cyprus

Greece is on the list (Shutterstock)

Greece is on the list (Shutterstock)

29. Finland

Spot bears and sleep with reindeer in the Finnish Lakeland

30. Greece

Explore more of Greece here

Jamaica is on the list (Shutterstock)

Jamaica is on the list (Shutterstock)

31. Jamaica

Our full travel guide to Jamaica

32. Aruba

33. Dominica

Discover Dominica here

Bonaire is on the list (Shutterstock)

Bonaire is on the list (Shutterstock)

34. Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba

35. Saint Barthélemy

Grenada is on the list (Shutterstock)

Grenada is on the list (Shutterstock)

36. Grenada

See our full travel guide to Grenada

37. Barbados

Top things to see and do in Barbados

38. Curaçao

Antigua and Barbuda is on the list (Shutterstock)

Antigua and Barbuda is on the list (Shutterstock)

39. Antigua and Barbuda

See our travel guide for Antigua and Barbuda

40. Guadeloupe

41. Trinidad and Tobago

See our travel guide for Trinidad and Tobago

St Kitts and Nevis is on the list (Shutterstock)

St Kitts and Nevis is on the list (Shutterstock)

42. Saint Kitts and Nevis

See our travel guide for Saint Kitts and Nevis

43. St Pierre and Miquelon

Réunion is on the list (Shutterstock)

Réunion is on the list (Shutterstock)

44. Australia

How to seek out Australia's most exciting wildlife

45. New Zealand

Explore New Zealand's life-changing adventures

French Polynesia is famous for its turtles (Shutterstock)

French Polynesia is famous for its turtles (Shutterstock)

46. French Polynesia

See our travel guide for French Polynesia

47. Fiji

Discover more about Fiji

48. New Caledonia

Mauritius is on the list (Shutterstock)

Mauritius is on the list (Shutterstock)

49. Mauritius

Reasons to visit Mauritius

50. Seychelles

Why you should visit the Seychelles

51. Saint Lucia

Check out our travel guide to Saint Lucia

Vietnam is on the list (Shutterstock)

Vietnam is on the list (Shutterstock)

52. Vietnam

Reasons you should visit Cat Ba Island

53. Taiwan

How to spend 24 hours in Taipei City

54. Hong Kong

19 things to do in Hong Kong without spending a penny

Japan is on the list (Shutterstock)

Japan is on the list (Shutterstock)

55. Japan

See our full travel guide to Japan

56. Macau

Here's how to explore Macau's old neighbourhoods

57. South Korea

Here's 11 things you must do in South Korea

58. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Please note that Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is only on England's quarantine exemption list.

What about Ireland, the Channel Islands and British Overseas Territories?

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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