Where can we go now?
Normally I do a table of where we can visit from the UK, but with options waning, it is probably best to do it as a list! I have excluded most of the more obscure countries where there are no direct flights.
As usual, the information was correct at the time of publishing but it is subject to short notice change.
What’s new this week?
Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City State will be removed from 4am Sunday 18 October. Crete will be added to the list of travel corridors at the same time. Have a look at this Maldives style hotel in Crete with overwater bungalows!
Where can you go without quarantine or testing either end?
- Germany – depends on where you live (see below)
- Greece except Mykonos for Scotland and England. Rules for Wales may differ. You may be required to take a test on arrival.
*Except Scotland. For England and Scotland only Mykonos now requires quarantine.
Bear in mind that given our rising rates of cases, these countries could change their minds.
Like Jersey, Germany is being pragmatic and dividing the UK into regions. If you come from a risk area as detailed below, you
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – the following regions and nations are considered risk areas:
- England – East Midlands (since October 17)
- England – North East Region (since October 2)
- England – North West Region (since October 2)
- England – West Midlands Region (since October 17)
- England – Yorkshire and the Humber Region (since October 2nd)
- Northern Ireland – Entire Nation (as of September 30)
- Scotland – Entire Nation (as of October 2nd)
- Wales – Entire Nation (as of September 30)
- the British overseas territory Gibraltar (since August 26th)
If you have been in the designated high risk areas in the two weeks prior to their arrival in Germany, you are required to proceed directly to your accommodation and quarantine for 14 days or until you can show evidence of a negative test result. Those who can provide evidence of a negative test taken in a European Union member state or a state with comparable quality standards less than 48 hours prior to arrival may be exempted from the requirement to quarantine. The requirements are a bit vague as it says “may be exempted” This advice is what is currently shown by the UK FCDO here. The official German page is here.
What is the likelihood of these countries being removed from the travel corridor list?
Greece is still about the best bet for travel within Europe as rates are still low. The government’s strategy is unclear as they have allowed several countries to remain on the travel corridor list way beyond the 20/100,000 cut off. The good news is that this week they introduced the new quarantine requirements from Sunday. Therefore if you go Saturday to Saturday you are unlikely to have any changes in the status during your stay. Why they did not do this from the start I don’t know since most people travel at a weekend for holidays!
Fri update: #Singapore proves you can get close to zero infections. #Greece and #Germany seeing mortalities rise. #Sweden cases still rising but thankfully very few mortalities so far. #COVID19 @ThePCAgency pic.twitter.com/8GNmC5uv29
— Paul Charles (@PPaulCharles) October 16, 2020
Where can you go with testing but no quarantine either end?
- Faroe Islands
- Jersey (varies by UK postcode what is required)
- Antigua and Barbuda
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and Grenadines
Where can you go with partial quarantine on arrival (less than 7 days)?
- Barbados – only 2-3 days in a hotel or registered villa. Some hotels have a designated pool and/or restaurant for quarantine guests.
- Seychelles – 4 -5 days in hotel before 2nd negative test results BUT not exempt from FCDO advise
To find out what are the requirements for each country in terms of testing, the best starting point is the FCDO advice exempt list which has links to all the countries’ requirements. It is also worth checking the tourist board for the country as well since requirements change regularly.