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Friday 3rd July 2020 | 18:03

The UK government’s latest announcement has removed quarantine for people travelling back to England from a list of 59 countries from the 10th July, and FCO advice has been updated to include exemptions from the ‘against all but essential travel’ advice. (Please note that there is still no update from Scotland and Wales as to whether they will follow the same guidance.) But with travel restrictions still in place for people from the UK arriving in many destinations, the advice is confusing. Our round-up below details the current advice and restrictions for some of our favourite destinations – to highlight where exactly you will be able to travel for a holiday in the coming months.

Note that this information is accurate at the point of publication. Please always consult the FCO website before travel for the latest advice.

AUSTRIA

OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS

There is no quarantine upon return to the UK from Austria, however entry to Austria from the UK is subject to presenting a medical certificate at the border with proof of negative test results less than 4 days old (or you will be required to quarantine for 14 days).

BELGIUM

OPEN

Belgium has opened its borders for travel to and from the European Union, including the United Kingdom and the four other Schengen countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway). Hotels are open, with bars and restaurants open with restrictions.

CARIBBEAN

OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS

FCO advice has lifted restrictions for various countries across the Caribbean, including Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Aruba, Grenada, Barbados, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Jamaica, St Barthélemy, Curaçao, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and Dominica. Restrictions on entry for UK visitors vary, but many require arrivals to take a test and will place visitors with a positive result in government quarantine, or complete health declarations to show a recent negative test. Check specific requirements for each destination.

CROATIA

OPEN

Borders are open to tourists from the EU and EEA countries, including the UK (but an accommodation reservation is required). Hotels, bars and restaurants are open with necessary adherence to imposed health and safety measures.

FRANCE

OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS

Borders open to tourists from the UK, Schengen zone and EU countries. There is no required quarantine on arrival (according to the UK transport secretary, but this has not yet been announced by France). Hotels, bars, restaurants are open. Nightclubs remain closed. Stadiums, Racing tracks and River cruises may reopen from 11-Jul.

GERMANY

OPEN

Borders are open to tourists from the UK, Schengen zone and EU countries. Tourists from everywhere else are unlikely to be permitted until at least August. Hotels are open. Bars and restaurants are open with restrictions.

GREECE

OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS

A ban remains in place for direct flights arriving from Britain and Sweden until 15 July (from when it is anticipated but not certain that UK flights will be resumed). Although there are no flights operating, currently, British nationals can enter Greece subject to a test on arrival and quarantining at a set address until results are returned as negative.

GREENLAND

OPEN

You can enter Greenland without a two-week quarantine if you are arriving from the UK, and most other European countries. If you enter as a tourist, you need to document a holiday stay for at least six nights. Hotels, bars and restaurants are open with restrictions.

ICELAND

OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS

Travellers from the UK are allowed to enter Iceland, but everyone flying into the country must choose to pay to be tested or self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt. Hotels are open, and bars and restaurants with restrictions.

ITALY

OPEN

Passengers from the EU, the U.K. and the Schengen area are permitted to travel without the need to quarantine. Some hotels open now, with further openings in July. Bars and restaurants open but hosting reduced numbers of diners, with tables further apart and plastic shields to separate customers.

NETHERLANDS

OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS

Tourists from EU or Schengen countries can enter the Netherlands. However, all travellers from areas deemed high risk of COVID-19 transmission symptoms are strongly advised to self-isolate for 14 days. This includes travellers from the UK. You must have proof of an accommodation reservation. Restaurants, bars and hotels are open with restrictions.

NORWAY

CLOSED FOR NOW

From the 15th July, the Government will issue new travel advice for entry into Norway from some European countries (but there is no notice as to whether the UK will be on this list). Anyone arriving in Norway from abroad shall be in home quarantine for 10 days, with the exception of specified regions in the Nordic countries.

SEYCHELLES

CLOSED FOR NOW

The Seychelles are only opening to allow visitors from a select list of countries – and the UK is not currently included. Some bars and restaurants are opening, with more opening from August 1st.

SPAIN

OPEN

Borders have opened to tourists from the UK, the EU and Schengen countries from 21 June (with the exception of Portugal until 1 July). There is no quarantine for these passengers on arrival. Hotels, bars and restaurants are open with reduced capacity.

SWITZERLAND

OPEN

Travel to Switzerland is allowed from within the EU and UK. Please note that travellers from the UK who do not have UK/EU/EFTA nationality will not be permitted to enter Switzerland. Restaurants, bars and hotels have opened with restrictions and contact tracing in place.

UK

OPEN

As from July 4th, we will be permitted to stay overnight within England, with self-contained accommodation in Scotland also open, and permitted from July 11th in Wales. Hotels and accommodation in Northern Ireland is open, with no quarantine required on arrival as long as you have not been outside of the UK and Ireland in the last 14 days.

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