Where can we holiday?

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Since the UK dropped its quarantine regulations, there are nearly sixty countries which those living in the UK, according to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, we can visit. But not all countries want to see us yet or present obstacles making travel difficult.

Wher can we and can’t we go?

Wednesday was the big day when some countries amended their entry rules. Travelling into any of the countries that are open will probably involve competing a form – usually called a passenger locator form or something similar – about your health and giving contact details about where you will be staying

Below is a quick summary of the most popular countries that Britons usually visit over summer as from 15 July.

Austria – travellers from the UK must present a medical certificate which is no older than four days before your arrival date showing that you have tested negatively for coronavirus. The alternative is to go into quarantine for 14 days.

Australia – closed. Qantas says no international flights until March 2021
Belgium – open; no quarantine
Bulgaria – open; no quarantine

Canada – FCO advice recommends no travel
Croatia – open; no quarantine
Cyprus – closed to travellers from the UK except in exceptional circumstances and only with government approval.
Czech Republic (Czechia) – all travellers from the UK will be tested and quarantined
Denmark – open; no quarantine
Egypt – FCO advice recommends no travel
Estonia – open; 14 day quarantine on return to UK
Finland – restricted entry to travellers from the UK until August 11th.
France – open; no quarantine
Germany – open; no quarantine
Greece – open; no quarantine
Hungary – open; no quarantine
Iceland – mandatory testing on arrival; price €100; must download a tracking app.

Ireland -everyone bar those travelling from Northern Ireland must self isolate for 14 days. New rules revealed on July 20th
Italy – open; no quarantine
Latvia – open; 14 day quarantine on return to UK
Lithuania – open; no quarantine
Luxembourg ¬ open; no quarantine
Malta – open; no quarantine; temperature checks at airport

Mexico – FCO advice recommends no travel
Morocco – closed to travellers
Netherlands – open; no quarantine

New Zealand – closed to virtually all arrivals
Norway – open; no quarantine
Poland – open; no quarantine
Portugal – FCO advice is not to travel to the Portuguese mainland. You can travel to Madeira, the Azores and Porto Santo/
Before arriving in Madeira you must submit 24-48 hours before arrival, a questionnaire and you will need to show on arrival, a negative COVID-19 test result.
Slovakia – 14 day quarantineon on arrival in Slovakia. May change from 20th July.
Slovenia – 14 day quarantine on arrival in lovenia and 14 day quarantine on arrival back in UK.
Spain – open; no quarantine
Sweden – FCO advice recommends no travel
Switzerland – open; no quarantine
Tunisia – closed to travellers
Turkey – open; no quarantine
UAE – FCO advice recommends no travel .

USA – FCO to UK residents recommends no travel.

There are a number of popular destinations where a travel advisory against travelling there is still in place. Countries include Cape Verde, Maldives, USA, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt to name a few still are either on the “do not travel” list or have barred foreigners from visiting.

I haven’t included Caribbean countries (largely open and no quarantine) on the list because they tend to be winter sun destinations. Nor have I included the Channel Isles, Isle of Man, Gibraltar and UK territories because travvelrs can freely travel between them – at the moment!

However, readers should remain aware that matters change rapidly. A spike in cases in a particular destination may result in local lockdowns so check before booking what the position is.

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