Which countries can you go to without a long quarantine? Complete list.

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 countryQuarantine on arrival?Source:
Akrotiri and DhelekiaUnknown
AnguillaQuarantine
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
The AzoresQuarantine
BarbadosQuarantine
BermudaQuarantine 12-24 hours (until PCR tests available) (this may be about to change).Source
British AntarcticaQuarantine
British Indian OceanQuarantine
British Virgin IslandsQuarantine
BruneiQuarantine
Canary IslandsNo QuarantineSource
Channel IslandsDepends which island and where in UK you are coming from. Tier 2/3 lockdown areas have to isolate on arrival.Source
CubaBorders don’t seem open?
CyprusQuarantine
DenmarkTravel ban
DominicaNo quarantineSource
EstoniaQuarantine
Falkland IslandsQuarantine
Faroe IslandsTravel ban
FijiQuarantine
Finland72 Hours quarantine (unless positive PCR test, then longer)Source
GermanyQuarantine
GreeceQuarantine until PCR test results are available (so not a full quarantine)Source
GreenlandTravel ban
Grenada5 day quarantineSource
Hong KongPartial travel ban and quarantineSource
IrelandQuarantine (except Northern Ireland)Source
Isle of ManBorders not open
Latvia10-day quarantineSource
MacaoBorders not open
MadeiraNo quarantine (unless positive PCR test)Source
MalaysiaQuarantine
MaldivesNo quarantine for tourists at all (but quarantine for returning residents)Source
MauritiusQuarantine
MontserratQuarantine
New CaledoniaQuarantine
New ZealandQuarantine
Norway10-day quarantineSource
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and OenoUnknownSource
SeychellesQuarantine Source
SingaporeQuarantine
South KoreaQuarantine
South Georgia and the Sandwich IslandsVisit by permit only from Falkland islands (who have quarantine)Source
St BarthelemyNo quarantine (unless positive PCR test)Source
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan De CubaQuarantine
St Kitts and NevisQuarantine
St LuciaQuarantine
St Pierre and MiquelonBorders not open
St Vincent and the Grenadines48-72 hour quarantineSource (pdf)
SwedenNo quarantine for EU citizensSource
TaiwanQuarantine
ThailandQuarantine
VietnamBorders 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.

Author: Torie Adams

I am a thirtysomething travel writer, lifestyle blogger, photographer, and USA Today bestselling author in Northern Ireland, aka Mama Adventure. As a writer, I have written articles that are published in Offbeat Bride and on Buzzfeed, and as a photographer, I have taken photographs that are published in local and national news outlets in the UK. I have a blog at www.mamaadventure.com Twitter: @mamaadventurez

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