UPDATED list of UK travel corridor (“airbridge”) countries from 28 July 2020- lots more places to visit!

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Full list of travel corridor countries from 28 July – UK government updates list of “airbridges”

Ahead of schedule, the UK government revealed which countries would be added to the list of exemptions to Englands 14-day quarantine for international arrivals. The FCO list was also updated. Along with other countries opening up, there are now a much greater range of destinations we can visit without quarantine on return to England and that are allowed under FCO advice. See below for this list.

The countries added were:

  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadine

On 11 July Serbia was removed from the original list.

This makes a total list of 79 countries exempt. The other countries are:

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, The Channel Island and Isle of Man are all part of the CTA and already excluded from quarantine. 

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

 

FCO Essential travel advice exempt countries and territories from 28 July

The FCO updated their advice too and added quite a few more countries. These were: Aruba, Cuba, Falkland Islands, Gualaloupe, St Maarten, St Martin and Batherlomy, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Laos, New Caledonia, Samoa, and Sri Lanka. This means that your travel insurance should be valid for travel to these countries. 

Countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel:

Europe

Americas

Asia-Pacific

Africa

Antarctica

 

But where can you actually go?

Both lists are confusing so we have compiled a table to make things simpler.

The table is based on information from the following pages:

But you are advised to check the requirements yourself as the lists are subject to change. This page is also useful specifically for the EU.

I have highlighted those that have no restrictions either way in green and those that meet all the criteria but require a negative COVID test and/or travel authority (ETA) in amber. 

 

CountryFCO say OKTravel CorridorUK Allowed InAll Three
Andorra
AnguillaNONONO
Antigua & Barbuda
w. PCR test <7 days
Aruba
AustraliaNONO
Austria
w. PCR test <4 days
Bahamas
w. PCR test <10 days
Barbados 

w. PCR test <72 hours

Belgium
Bermuda
w. PCR test <5 days
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius & SabaNO???NO
British Antarctic TerritoryNO???NO
British Indian Ocean Territory???NO
British Virgin IslandsNO???NO
BruneiNONONO
CambodiaNONONO
Cayman IslandsNONO
Croatia
CubaNONO
CuraçaoNONO
Cyprus

w. PCR test <72 hours or on arrival +ETA

Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica*

Due to open 1 August

NONO
Estonia
Falkland IslandsNONO
Faroe IslandsNO???NO
FijiNONO
FinlandNONO
France
French Polynesia 

w. PCR test <72 hours

Germany
Gibraltar
Greece

Must fill in electronic form

prior to departure

GreenlandNONO
Grenada*

Due to open 1 August

NONO
GuadeloupeNONO
Hong KongNONO
HungaryNONO
Iceland

PCR test on arrival

Ireland

14-day quarantine

Italy
Jamaica

Need electronic authorization

JapanNONO
Latvia
Liechtenstein???NO
Lithuania
Luxembourg
MacaoNONO
MalaysiaNONONO
Malta
MartiniqueNO???NO
MauritiusNONONO
Monaco
MontserratNONONO
Netherlands
New CaledoniaNONO
New ZealandNONO
NorwayNONO
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie & Oeno IslandsNO???NO
Poland
PortugalNO

except Azores 

& Madeira

NONONO
Reunion
San Marino
SerbiaNONONO
SeychellesNONO
SingaporeNONONO
Slovakia

 

w: PCR<96 hours

Slovenia
South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands???NO
South KoreaNONO
SpainOnly islands**NONO
Sri Lanka*

1 August

NONO
St BarthélemyNONO
St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da CunhaNO???NO
St Kitts & NevisNONO
St Lucia
w. PCR test <2 days
St Pierre & Miquelon
St Vincent & Grenadines

Test on arrival + 24hr quarantine

Switzerland
TaiwanNONO
ThailandNONONO
Trinidad & TobagoNONO
Turkey
Turks & Caicos Islands

w PCT test <5days and ETA

Vatican CityNONO
VietnamNONO
Wallis and FutunaNO

** Only the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa) and Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera) are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

Disclaimer: This list is provided with no warranty expressed or implied; please check the sources for your destination before you travel.

 

7 Comments on "UPDATED list of UK travel corridor (“airbridge”) countries from 28 July 2020- lots more places to visit!"

  1. It was just announced that effective immediately, all international travellers arriving in the Campania region of Italy (where Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi, Pompei and Capri are) will need to quarantine. The ordinance was signed by Regional President Vincenzo De Luca minutes ago. Source (in Italian): http://regione.campania.it/regione/it/news/primo-piano/covid-19-ordinanza-n-63-del-24-07-2020

    • Thanks.

    • Hi Domenico, it looks to me that the additional page says that visitors from the EU and UK don’t have to? I’m relying on Google Translate so you may be able to help!

      • What does FCO Advice = No, mean? Also, as far as I’m aware – travel to the Seychelles requires CV19 test and 14 day quarantine on arrival. Do you think flights will resume anytime soon?

        • It means only essential travel is allowed. I will be doing a full list of what is expected to open when soon when I have had the chance to research it properly.

  2. Serbia has come OFF the list and you are required to quarantine on the return to the UK

  3. Great and very useful information, thank you.

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