It’s the list we’ve been waiting for

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Finally, yesterday afternoon, we learnt which countries Britons would be able to visit this summer without having to face a fourteen day quarantine on the return.

Praia da Falésia in Portugal’s Algarve is off-limits at the moment

The relaxation comes into place from Friday, July 10th. Until then you are urged not to fly and any travel insurance will probably be invalid.

As of now (3rd July 1700hrs) this list applies only to English residents. The devolved governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have to accept the list. Despite a lot of bluster from politicians it is expected that they will do next week and before the July 10th getaway begins.

On Thursday evening we learnt that the list would comprise France, Germany, Italy and Spain. All four of these countries receive substantial numbers of tourists from the UK with Spain receiving the largest number of British tourists on package holidays.

About 17 million of us visit France in a “normal year,” two million go to Germany, three million to Italy and about 18 million go to Spain. Just these four countries mop up a lot of holidays that Britons take abroad.

On Friday we learnt the names of the other countries. But don’t necessarily think that you can visit all these countries. Just because the British government says you can travel doesn’t mean that these countries have open borders to Britons or other nations. For example, 123 countries around the world have closed their borders to foreigners and that includes Vietnam, one of the fast growing destinations for Britons so check first because changes are occurring almost daily.  

Nor is Sweden and itscapital, Stockholm

The list is based on “the current assessment of COVID-19 risks” but we are not privy to what those risks are.

Here is the full list of just 59 countries (it was leaked that it could be up to 75) that the British government says you can travel to without entering quarantine on returning to the UK.

Andorra

Antigua and Barbuda

Aruba

Australia

Austria

Bahamas

Barbados

Belgium

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Croatia

Curacao

Cyprus                                                          

Czech Republic (Czechia)                                               

Denmark

Dominica

Faroe Islands

Fiji

Finland

France

French Polynesia,

Gambia

Georgia

Germany

Greece

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland                                                      

Italy

Jamaica 

Japan

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg                                              

Macao

Malta

Mauritius

Monaco

Netherlands

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Norway

Poland                                                    

San Marino

Romania

San Marino

Serbia

Seychelles

South Korea

Spain

St Barthélemy,

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

St Pierre and Miquelon

Switzerland

Thailand

Trinidad & Tobago

Turkey

Vatican City 

Vietnam  

Ireland, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man are exempt from quarantine as are  all fourteen overseas territories which are:

Akrotiri and Dhekelia

Anguilla

Bermuda

British Antarctic Territory

British Indian Ocean Territory

British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands

Falkland Islands

Gibraltar

Montserrat

Pitcairn Islands

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

South Georgia

Turks and Caicos

This is quite a surprising list missing out Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Capo Verde, Estonia, Jordan, Latvia, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Tunisia are not on the list.

As widely leaked, neither Portugal nor Sweden is on the list.

The fact that Hong Kong and Macao are on the list but not China suggests the list was drawn up with a background of politicking.

Especially hard to fathom are Estonia and Latvia when Lithuania is included because these countries opened one of the first travel bridges between the three.

The British government said earlier this week that it would refine the list every few weeks in the light of developments so this might be added later.

We were led to believe that there would be a traffic light system so the assumption must be that these are just the green light countries.

But travellers, holidaymakers and I will be scratching our heads as to why some are on the list and some are not

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