BREAKING: Full lists of U.K. air bridge countries exempt from quarantine and FCO advice exempt countries

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Today’s the day we finally find out the full list of countries that we can travel to without facing a 14-day quarantine when returning to England. Other parts of the U.K. are yet to make a decision about whether to allow the same rules. The removal of quarantine will take effect from 10 July. The idea of the traffic light system appears to have been ditched. 

All passengers, except those on a small list of exemptions, will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK. One thing to watch out is if you are visiting several countries on a trip, which includes countries, not on the exemption list. People arriving from the destinations will be able to enter England without needing to self-isolate, unless they have been in or transited through non-exempt countries in the preceding 14 days.

This applies to all travel to England, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route.

Here is the full list:

AndorraGermanyNew Zealand
Antigua and BarbudaGreeceNorway
ArubaGreenlandPoland
AustraliaGrenadaRéunion
AustriaGuadeloupeSan Marino
BahamasHong KongSerbia
BarbadosHungarySeychelles
BelgiumIcelandSouth Korea
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaItalySpain
CroatiaJamaicaSt Barthélemy
CuraçaoJapanSt Kitts and Nevis
CyprusLiechtensteinSt Lucia
Czech RepublicLithuaniaSt Pierre and Miquelon
DenmarkLuxembourgSwitzerland
DominicaMacauTaiwan
Faroe IslandsMaltaTrinidad and Tobago
FijiMauritiusTurkey
FinlandMonacoVatican City
FranceNetherlandsVietnam
French PolynesiaNew Caledonia 

Ireland is already exempt as part of the common travel area, as are the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

In addition all the UK Overseas territories are exempt as well:

The UK Overseas Territories are:

  • Anguilla
  • Bermuda
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Falkland Islands
  • Gibraltar 
  • Montserrat
  • Pitcairn Island, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Sovereign Base Areas (SBA) 
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

Sadly Portugal is currently missing from the list. Maldives is also strangely not allowed even though they have a  good record with COVID. I would also have expected Thailand and Singapore to be on the list too. 

The government does say that they will continue talks with other governments and the list will be updated as other countries are agreed on. Other countries missing that are not a big surprise are:

  • United States,
  • Sweden,
  • Mexico,
  • Brazil,
  • Russia,
  • India,
  • Pakistan,
  • Bangladesh,
  • China 
  • South Africa

FCO advice changed for many countries – but it’s not the same list as the air bridges

Now here is where it gets complicated! Just when I think the government can’t make more of a mess of it all with conflicting messages, they then release the FCO list. The FCO warning against all but essential travel will be removed for countries on the list above from tomorrow, 4 July 2020. However, these are not the only countries that the warning has been removed from. Below is the full list of countries that have been removed from the FCO warning about essential travel only. Places like Thailand are not on the air bridge list despite having a far better COVID record than here, but we are now allowed to travel there if we quarantine on the way home!

This means that existing insurance should be valid for travel to those countries but check it carefully. Most do not cover cancellation if you get COVID before departure or have to self isolate and some don’t cover treatment for COVID. You can read more about insurance in this article. 

Exempt countries and territories from 4 July

Europe

Americas

Asia-Pacific

Africa

Antarctica

Note: Many of these countries may have entry restrictions for travellers from the UK. You can find details on European country requirements here and other countries worldwide here. 

You can find the official UK government announcement here.

10 Comments on "BREAKING: Full lists of U.K. air bridge countries exempt from quarantine and FCO advice exempt countries"

  1. Let’s hope that someone – much smarter than me – comes up with an app, or the like, that enables us to work out where we can travel to and from, along with any paperwork or testing requirements.

    • The two links I gave give an instant result for any countries you look at. I will be publishing a summary tomorrow

      • Thanks Michelle. The problem that the UK government has given you (and us) in coming up with a workable list is that, after all its talk about “air bridges,” it had to give up on that concept. Not surprisingly, it turned out that other countries didn’t necessarily want to agree to “bridges” with we Brits. So the government, after much unnecessary delay, simply ended up publishing a list of exemptions from the quarantine.

      • Thanks.🙄

        Yesterday I decided to put my money where my mouth is and support the airline workers and the travel industry.

        Found good value flights and plenty Club Europe rewards without having to look too hard.

        The Executive Club Reward App is also offering 10 Avios per pound with Booking.com & even 3 on Airbnb.

        I was so excited at the prospect of travelling again – safely – that I prepared a little kit with masks, glasses, gel, wipes & gloves 😃

        • 😂😂 Thanks for the tip on the good deals for Avios. Love the kit. Yes it is exciting the thought that we can travel again.

  2. This is all great, but can we actually go to these countries without quarentining for 14 days on arrival? Let’s say we wanted to go to queenstown new Zealand. The NZ government requires every one visiting to quarentine for 14 days upon arrival. So if we had a 3 week holiday that would be a pretty miserable with 2/3rds the holiday in quarentine.

    • Yes that’s part of the problem. I will be publishing a list tomorrow with all the requirements for countries on the list.

  3. Jenny Williams | 4 July 2020 at 4:57 am | Reply

    If I was going to Australia say for 3 weeks, Australia requires you to isolate for 14 days , ur holiday will be ruined, if I booked a direct flight from uk to Australia, would I still need to quarantine to 14 days

  4. Headline says U.K. article then starts off listing airbridges to England. Another person (deliberately? or ignorantly?) confusing / conflating the two?!? Which is it?

    • We had this debate earlier in the comments. The reason I used UK is that it is a U.K. government announcement and using U.K. is easier for those trying to search for a list on line. I’m aware it applies to England only at the moment.

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