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.
7th March 2021 – All international travel to go on holiday is currently illegal. Any international travel (except to Ireland) from England now requires a declaration form for international travel. To protect against new COVID-19 strains, all travel corridors will be closed from Monday 18th January.
There is some good news – international destinations are beginning to open their borders to vaccinated UK travellers. See our guide to vaccine travel destinations, including the dates they open and criteria for entry.
Entry to the country will not be permitted unless proof of a negative COVID test taken within the previous 3 days is produced prior to setting off. Without this, you can be refused boarding. People coming into the UK will need to quarantine for 10 days, unless they test negative for the infection after 5 days.
Travelling against FCDO advice – If you do decide to travel when the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against your chosen destination, we have an arrangement that can provide cover.
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 really just a catchy way of describing when it is safe to travel to a destination without the need to quarantine on return. 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 (as of the 14th December, this is 10 days).
When is the Quarantine List Reviewed?
Usually, an announcement is made around midweek every week. At this point, each country to be added – and removed – will be advised.
Where Next on the Quarantine List?
Despite most European destinations appearing on the initial list of travel destinations in Europe, many were then removed shortly thereafter. At the current time, no travel corridors are open for the foreseeable future.
How do I keep up?!
With some travel corridors opening, and some slamming shut, on a regular basis, we have created something to help. There follows a list of European destinations and if 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.
- Safe to Travel?
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.
Please refer to our guide for more travel advice on COVID-19.