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The UK Quarantine List – Which Countries Have a Travel Corridor?

Have you become bemused when trying to work out which countries are currently safe to travel to or not? Which destinations have a ‘travel corridor’ in place and which ones are on the quarantine list? If so, this page is for you. We have created an at-a-glance table and guide to share the European destinations that are currently safe and convenient to visit. 

Travel Corridors and Quarantine Lists

Back in July, travel was permitted once more after months of lockdown. We were given hope that we would be able to escape on holiday to our favourite getaways and cherished overseas destinations.

‘Travel corridors’ are just a catchy way of describing when it is safe to travel to a destination. The published list of destinations from the government provides us with some exceptions to the advice not to travel – anywhere – unless deemed essential. In short, when travelling from these countries to the UK the need to self-isolate on arrival is greatly reduced.

If, on the other hand, a travel corridor is not in place then the country is on ‘the quarantine list’. Anyone arriving in the UK from that location must self-isolate for a set period (currently 14 days).

Despite most European destinations appearing on the initial list of travel destinations in Europe, many have now been removed. At the current time, more are beginning to disappear from the list than appear on it.

To make things even more complicated, recently each nation has gone in a different direction by creating its own quarantine lists. This has created confusion as different countries are removed from their lists at different times. Further, each nation seems to be removing specific regions instead of an entire country.

It is enough to give you a headache!

To ease this confusion, we have created a list of European destinations and where they currently sit on the UK quarantine list. A simple tick indicates that it has a travel corridor in place to the UK. A cross means that it is on the quarantine list. If there are any other notes, they can be found immediately underneath the table.

We hope that, if you wish to travel at the current time, this guide will help. When you do, remember your Free Spirit policy, including extended COVID-19 cover.

  • Country
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Balearics
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Channel Islands
  • Corsica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Rep. of Ireland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Sicily
  • Slovaka
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Safe to Travel?
  • Comments
  • Please see note 2 below
  • See note 4 below
  • See note 1 below
  • See note 3 below

Note 1
Travellers to Scotland from Greece will be required to self-isolate upon arrival;
Travellers to England from the Greek Islands of Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos will be required to self-isolate upon arrival:
Travellers to Wales from the Greek Islands of Antiparos, Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos will be required to self-isolate upon arrival;
Travellers to Northern Ireland from Greece will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival.

Note 2 – Travellers to Scotland from the Azores will be required to self-isolate upon arrival.

Note 3 – Travellers to Scotland from Madiera will be required to self-isolate upon arrival.

Note 4 – Travellers to Wales from Gibraltar will be required to self-isolate upon arrival.

Summary of changes to FCDO travel advice and travel corridors

The Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office’s (FCDO) list of countries exempt from advice against all non-essential travel is available on the FCDO website.

Click the following links for details of exemptions for persons arriving in Wales, and for exemptions for residents and visitors to Scotland.

For convenience, previous changes to the exemption list are summarised below. Please see the FCDO travel corridors page for more details. This list includes all countries, not just those in Europe.

19th September – Slovenia and Guadaloupe removed from the exemptions list. Singapore and Thailand added to the exemptions list.

12th September – French Polynesia, Hungary, Reunion and Portugal (not including Madeira and the Azores)  removed from the exemptions list. Sweden added to the exemptions list.

9th September – Travellers to England from the Greek Islands of Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos will need to self-isolate on arrival. This applies after 04:00 BST.

5th September – Residents of, and visitors to, Scotland from Portugal and French Polynesia will need to self-isolate on arrival. This applies after 04:00 BST.

4th September – Persons arriving in  Wales from Portugal (except the Azores and Maderia), French Polynesia, Gibraltar, and the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos, Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos and Crete will need to self-isolate on arrival. This applies after 04:00 BST.

3rd September – Residents of, and visitors to, Scotland from Greece will need to self-isolate on arrival. This applies after 04:00 BST.

29th August – Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland removed from the exemptions list.

22nd August – Croatia, Austria, Trinidad and Tobago removed from the exemptions list. Portugal added to the exemptions list.

15th August – France (including Corsica), Malta, the Netherlands, Monaco, Turks and Caicos and Aruba removed from the exemptions list.

7th August – Andorra, Belgium and The Bahamas removed from the exemptions list.

30th July – Luxembourg removed from the exemptions list.

28th July – Spain, including the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands, removed from the exemptions list.

Please refer to our guide for more travel advice on COVID-19.

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