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Quarantine 2020: where can I go on holiday now?

Quarantine 2020: where can I go on holiday now?
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Our beloved Blighty has many wonderful charms. But despite actually seeing some sun and enjoying some warmth this summer, there’s nothing quite like a holiday abroad. So, if you’re thinking of taking a break, here’s where you can go on holiday without isolating on your return.

So, where can I go on holiday then?

First things first – travel rules will depend on which home nation you live in (England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland). You should also check whether there are entry restrictions for your destination. Some countries will need you to have proof of a negative test result on arrival, while others don’t have any restrictions at all.

Secondly, the countries mentioned here are a summary of countries on the ‘travel corridor’ list at the time of writing. It means that if you’re travelling to these countries, you won’t need to self-isolate when you come back to the UK – as the rules stand.

Needless to say, the travel corridor list is updated on a regular basis, so always check the gov.uk website before you pack your bags and set off. And one more thing – take a minute to check where you stand with your travel insurance.

Where can I go on holiday in Europe?

If you’re a British passport holder, from 1 January 2021 you’ll need at least six months left on it if you’re travelling to Europe. So, now is the time to make the most of it.

Whether you live in England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland (NI), you can go to any of these popular destinations in Europe without isolating upon your return:

  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Finland
  • Norway

If you live in England, you can also still go to Sweden. Greece is on the travel corridor list for England, Wales and NI, but many of the Greek Islands have been removed. Specific rules for different Greek Islands also vary according to which UK country you currently live in.

Where can I go on holiday in the Americas?

Just because the USA is not on the list, it doesn’t mean you can’t fly west. All home nation residents can travel to these countries without isolating when coming back to the UK:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Cuba
  • Saint Lucia

If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can also go to Bermuda without isolating on your return. Only residents of England can go to Canada without the need to isolate when they get back.

Where can I go on holiday in Asia and the Pacific?

Again, this is not an exhaustive list, but popular holiday destinations that residents in all UK nations can travel to include:

  • Australia
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore 
  • South Korea
  • Vietnam

If you live in England, you can also visit Sri Lanka without having to isolate afterwards. Thailand is also good fine if you live in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Where can I go on holiday in Africa?

Sadly, the list for Africa is short. Currently the only places you can visit without the need to isolate on your return are the islands of:

  • St Helena
  • Ascension
  • Tristan da Cunha

These islands are in the travel corridor, but only for England, Wales, and NI residents. If you live in Scotland and visit these islands between Africa and South America, you’ll need to isolate on oyur return.

Where can I find the most up to date list of destinations?

Each home nation has its own list which is based on Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advice. Here’s where you can find each list:

Where can I go on holiday in the UK?

You can, of course, still have a staycation without the need to isolate. Bear in mind that several places in the UK are now subject to local lockdowns, including Greater Manchester, Lancashire, West Yorkshire and parts of the North East. A full list can be found at gov.uk/local restrictions.

You can also still go to the Channel Islands without isolating on your return. However, for your holiday to begin, you’ll need to isolate when you get there or take a Covid-19 test on arrival. If you take the test, you’ll need to isolate until you get a negative test result.

Travel to the Hebrides and Shetland Islands has also restarted, but you’ll need to pre-book accommodation.

At the time of writing, the Isle of Man is still off limits unless you live in Guernsey, which is currently Covid-19 free. If you do decide to travel around the UK instead of abroad, stay safe with our local travel tips.


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