UPDATED: So where can you ACTUALLY travel from the UK without ANY UK restrictions?

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The government guidelines for which countries you can travel to are overly complicated with two lists to consult. One was the list of countries that we can travel to from without facing quarantine when you return . The other was a list of places that the FCO has exempted from the advice for essential travel only which applies from 4 July. The FCO advice applies to the whole UK. 

Given that and the fact that countries have their own regulations in place, it’s a minefield working out where you can actually go. If you want to see which countries are due to open up soon, try this article.

My friend Antonio, the brains behind the BA refund workaround, has come up with this very useful spreadsheet of which countries we can visit without facing any restrictions. 

Other countries MAY allow you in, but this list only shows those which appear in either the FCO or UK travel corridor lists. So you’d be uninsured (not FCO-approved) AND you’d have to quarantine when you return. Please also note this does not mean you do not need a visa or electronic travel authority for the countries listed, just that the country is accepting arrivals from the UK. 

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 or other requirements in amber. Most require some sort of electronic health screening, so I have not included that. 

 

Country

FCO Advice

Travel Corridor

UK Allowed In

All Three

Andorra
AnguillaNONONO
Antigua & Barbuda
w. PCR test <7 days
ArubaNONO
AustraliaNONO
Austria
w. PCR test <4 days
Bahamas
w. PCR test <10 days
+14 day quarantine
BarbadosNO*NO*
Belgium
Bermuda
w. PCR test <5 days
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius & SabaNO???NO
British Antarctic TerritoryNO???NO
British Indian Ocean TerritoryNO???NO
British Virgin IslandsNO???NO
BruneiNONONO
CanadaNONONO
Cayman IslandsNONO
Croatia
CuraçaoNONONO
CyprusNONO
Czech Republic
Denmark
DominicaNONO
EstoniaNONO
Falkland IslandsNONONO
Faroe IslandsNO???NO
FijiNONONO
FinlandNONO
France
French PolynesiaNONO
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece

Must fill in electronic form

prior to departure

GreenlandNONO
GrenadaNONO
GuadeloupeNONONO
Hong KongNONO
HungaryNONO
Iceland

Note: PCR test on arrival

Ireland

14-day quarantine

Italy
Jamaica

Need electronic authorization

JapanNONO
LatviaNONONO
Liechtenstein???NO
Lithuania
Luxembourg
MacaoNONO
MalaysiaNONONO
Malta
MartiniqueNO???NO
MauritiusNONONO
Monaco
MontserratNONONO
Netherlands
New CaledoniaNONONO
New ZealandNONO
NorwayNONO
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie & Oeno IslandsNO???NO
Poland
PortugalNONO
Reunion
San Marino
Serbia
SeychellesNONO
SingaporeNONONO
SlovakiaNO

w: PCR<96 hours

 

SloveniaNONO
South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands???NO
South KoreaNONO
Spain
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
Switzerland
TaiwanNONO
ThailandNONONO
Trinidad & TobagoNONO
Turkey
Turks & Caicos IslandsNONO
Vatican CityNONO
VietnamNONO
Wallis and FutunaNONO
  • Barbados is due to open on 12 July. A COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to departure is required at a laboratory accredited by the Ministry of Health.

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

12 Comments on "UPDATED: So where can you ACTUALLY travel from the UK without ANY UK restrictions?"

  1. Useful chart, thanks. Jamaica does have some requirements, all details here https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/?type=non-resident

    • Thanks Tony. I wasn’t really sure as that seemed to be more in the visa requirements area?

  2. Thanks for the list Michele! Am I wrong in thinking Iceland still require a PCR test on arrival?

    • Yes that is correct. I still marked it as green since there are no pre-requirements but I have added that as a note

  3. Check Slovakia and Slovenia

    • I have looked but can’t see any difference from what is printed? What did you mean specifically?

  4. great list. thank you. you’ve marked Hungary for “No” UK. I don’t think that’s correct.

    “As of 18 June, EU and EEA citizens, as well as Hungarians returning from these countries, may enter Hungary without restrictions.”

    UK is EU country till 31/12/2020

    please double check

    • This is the full comment from the EU website “Citizens of the European Union as well as Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland are allowed to freely enter Hungary, without restrictions, and Hungarian citizens returning from the countries of the EU or the European Economic Area do not have to enter quarantine after crossing the Hungarian border either. This does not apply to the United Kingdom; UK citizens may only enter Hungary with separate permission, and subject to individual assessment may be obliged to enter quarantine for two weeks, while Hungarian citizens returning from the UK are allowed to enter Hungary without any restriction.”

  5. I believe Iceland require Covid test on arrival… payable by the traveller (& even at reduced rate since originally announce they’re still not cheap at approx £52 of paid in adv or £64 on the spot.

  6. You marked France as all green, however they still require people from uk to voluntarily quarantine on arrival for 14 days!

  7. Evidence of a recent negative PCR test, or pay £65 to have a PCR year on arrival.

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