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The 46 places exempt from quarantine in England and Scotland

Slovenia has been taken off while Thailand and Singapore have been added. 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 9.00am on 18 September 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?

What do Scotland and England's lists mean? (Shutterstock)

What do Scotland and England's lists mean? (Shutterstock)

The list for England and Scotland is formed of the destinations (including countries and territories) that have a low risk of coronavirus.

It is important to remember that England and Scotland have different lists, so the countries on each won't always be the same. 

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  – 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?

Updates for Estonia, Austria, France, Croatia and more (Shutterstock)

Updates for Estonia, Austria, France, Croatia and more (Shutterstock)

The FCDO advises against all non essential travel to Slovenia. This means that if you return from Slovenia to the UK on or after 4 am on the 19 September, you will need to self-isolate.

Singapore has been added to the UK government's quarantine exemption list. 

Thailand has been added to the UK government's quarantine exemption list. 

Guadeloupe has been removed from the quarantine exempt list. This means that if you return from Guadeloupe to the UK on or after 4am on 19 September, you will need to self-isolate. 


The full list of 47 destinations that are exempt from quarantine on arrival in England (and the 46 in Scotland)

The 19 destinations you can actually go to (without isolating while you're there)

Lisbon, Portugal (Shutterstock)

Lisbon, Portugal (Shutterstock)

You don't need to isolate on arrival to these countries, or on return to England or Scotland. However, other measures may be in place such as the requirement to take tests or fill out forms, so it is important to check the specific advice for each destination.

1. Sweden

10 things to do for free in Stockholm

2. Denmark

Consider a short break to Aarhus

3. Faroe Islands

See our Faroe Islands travel guide

4. 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

5. Greenland

Check out our full travel guide to Greenland

6. 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

7. Liechtenstein

See our travel guide for Liechtenstein

8. Poland

Consider a short break in Gdańsk, Poland

9. San Marino

Here's our travel guide to San Marino

10. Turkey

Here's 11 adventures to have in Turkey

11. Vatican City

Here are more of Europe's smallest countries

12. Slovakia

We go on the lookout for bears in Slovakia

13. Cyprus

Be aware that flights to the north of Cyprus have been suspended until at least 20 September. 

Why you should travel to rural Cyprus

14. Greece

Please note, Greece has been taken off Scotland's exempt list. Those returning from Greece to Scotland will have to self-isolate. Those returning to Wales from the Greek islands of Mykonos, Zante, Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos to Wales will need to self-isolate.  

If you are returning from Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos to England, you will need to self-isolate. 

Explore more of Greece here

15. Saint Barthélemy

Be aware that to visit the island you will need proof of a negative test no older than three days. 

16. Curaçao

17. Saint Pierre and Miquelon

18. Cuba

Be aware that foreign tourists can only visit certain places in Cuba: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Largo del Sur. On arrival in these places, you will have your temperature checked and a PCR test. Anyone showing symptoms and anyone that tests positive will be hospitalised. 

19. Saint Lucia

Please note, those wishing to go to Saint Lucia need to complete a pre-arrival registration form. This will include the need for details of proof of a negative test and proof of a COVID-19 certified hotel booking. You will need a certificate showing a negative test taken seven days before arrival. 

Check out our travel guide to Saint Lucia

The 28 destinations exempt from England and Scotland's quarantine (but still have travel restrictions)

Bonaire, an island in the Caribbean (Shutterstock)

Bonaire, an island in the Caribbean (Shutterstock)

20. Norway

21. Estonia

You will need to self-isolate on arrival in Estonia, when travelling from the UK.

5 reasons to visit Estonia's capital, Tallinn

22. Lithuania

When Lithuania lifts its 14-day isolation for UK travellers, we recommend Lithuania's west coast

23. Iceland

On arrival in Iceland, you can choose between a 14-day self-isolation period or take two tests. If you choose to take the tests, one will need to be taken on arrival and then other will need to be taken five to six days later. You will then need to self-isolate until the results of your second test results come back. 

Mark Stratton's experience of travelling to Iceland during COVID

24. Latvia

Please note, asymptomatic UK travellers will have to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in Latvia. 

Here's 9 things to do in western Latvia

25. Finland

Spot bears and sleep with reindeer in the Finnish Lakeland

26. Dominica

Discover Dominica here

27. Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba

28. Grenada

See our full travel guide to Grenada

29. Barbados

Top things to see and do in Barbados

30. Antigua and Barbuda

See our travel guide for Antigua and Barbuda

31. Saint Kitts and Nevis

See our travel guide for Saint Kitts and Nevis

32. Australia

How to seek out Australia's most exciting wildlife

33. New Zealand

Explore New Zealand's life-changing adventures

34. Fiji

Discover more about Fiji

35. New Caledonia

36. Mauritius

Reasons to visit Mauritius

37. Seychelles

Why you should visit the Seychelles

38. Vietnam

Reasons you should visit Cat Ba Island

39. Taiwan

How to spend 24 hours in Taipei City

40. Hong Kong

19 things to do in Hong Kong without spending a penny

41. Japan

See our full travel guide to Japan

42. Macau

Here's how to explore Macau's old neighbourhoods

43. South Korea

Here's 11 things you must do in South Korea

44. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

45. Brunei

46. Malaysia

47. Singapore

Here's 21 things to do in Singapore that are absolutely free

50. Thailand 

Here are some great adventures you can have in Thailand

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

Guernsey, Channel Islands (Shutterstock)

Guernsey, Channel Islands (Shutterstock)

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 British Overseas Territories." However, Turks and Caicos has now been removed from the exemption list. From 4am on 14 August, anyone returning from Turks and Caicos and to the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

The remaining British Overseas Territories include: 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.

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