The advice is constantly changing but some countries are still letting you go there (and return to the UK) without having to quarantine. If you get it wrong, you could end up spending 28 days in quarantine — 14 days when you get to your holiday destination and 14 when you return to the UK!
So many people need to travel for various reasons, such as to see families, get business done, or because they booked a dream holiday last year, and a lot of people are looking for ways to get out of the UK, safely, to countries where the risks are lower.
I was surprised when I went to look at flights that the information on where you can travel is muddled and unclear in a lot of places. After doing a bunch of research for myself, I am sharing it with you in the hope it saves you a bit of time if you’re looking to leave the UK safely right now.
I’ve looked through the travel advice for every country on the UK’s “no quarantine on return to the UK” list and found out what the rules are for all but two of them.
There are currently 11 countries not enforcing a long quarantine on UK arrivals right now and whom the UK aren’t enforcing an arrival quarantine on, either.
Countries with no quarantine at all include the Canary islands, Dominica, Madeira, Maldives, St Barthelemy and Sweden.
Countries with no quarantine after you’ve gotten a negative PCR test (usually under 24 hours) include Bermuda, Greece.
Three further countries are still not impossible to take a short trip to, with up to 72 hours of quarantine in Finland, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Technically, Antigua and Barbuda could be interpreted as no quarantine, if you go to Dominica for a couple of weeks, first.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough clear information about Akrotiri and Dhelekia or the Pitcairn island group, although given that Pitcairn doesn’t have an airport you would have to travel through another country with a quarantine rule to get there by boat.
|Name of country||Quarantine on arrival?||Source:|
|Akrotiri and Dhelekia||Unknown|
|Antiqua and Barbuda||No quarantine if you arrive from Anguilla, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, or St Vincent and the Grenadines (the “Travel Bubble”)||Source|
|Australia||Borders only open to Australians and people coming from New Zealand|
|Bermuda||Quarantine 12-24 hours (until PCR tests available) (this may be about to change).||Source|
|British Indian Ocean||Quarantine|
|British Virgin Islands||Quarantine|
|Canary Islands||No Quarantine||Source|
|Channel Islands||Depends which island and where in UK you are coming from. Tier 2/3 lockdown areas have to isolate on arrival.||Source|
|Cuba||Borders don’t seem open?|
|Faroe Islands||Travel ban|
|Finland||72 Hours quarantine (unless positive PCR test, then longer)||Source|
|Greece||Quarantine until PCR test results are available (so not a full quarantine)||Source|
|Grenada||5 day quarantine||Source|
|Hong Kong||Partial travel ban and quarantine||Source|
|Ireland||Quarantine (except Northern Ireland)||Source|
|Isle of Man||Borders not open|
|Macao||Borders not open|
|Madeira||No quarantine (unless positive PCR test)||Source|
|Maldives||No quarantine for tourists at all (but quarantine for returning residents)||Source|
|Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno||Unknown||Source|
|South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands||Visit by permit only from Falkland islands (who have quarantine)||Source|
|St Barthelemy||No quarantine (unless positive PCR test)||Source|
|St Helena, Ascension and Tristan De Cuba||Quarantine|
|St Kitts and Nevis||Quarantine|
|St Pierre and Miquelon||Borders not open|
|St Vincent and the Grenadines||48-72 hour quarantine||Source (pdf)|
|Sweden||No quarantine for EU citizens||Source|
|Vietnam||Borders not open|
Remember to always check with the UK Foreign Office before travelling anywhere. All the information about quarantining on arrival in other countries applies to the whole UK (except Ireland, as noted above), although some devolved governments within the UK might have different lists of countries where you need to quarantine on return to the UK.
These rules are changing all the time, sometimes for no reason at all or at very short notice, especially on the British side of things, so unless your plan is to take a longer trip or just ride out Covid in a foreign country, be prepared for the Foreign Office to randomly remove your destination from this list a few hours before the rules come into force (like they keep doing).
Please check current quarantine rules from trusted, reputable sources like the ones linked above before booking flights, paying for a PCR test, or travelling to another country. There’s so much to consider right now when travelling to and from the UK.