On Friday, the planned ‘travel bridges’ have gone into effect, allowing visitors and UK residents to re-enter the United Kingdom, without having quarantine or self-isolate on arrival.
There have been changes to the initial announcement where 59 countries were listed – this is now 75. Notably, Serbia has been withdrawn from the UK list – which now requires self-isolation on arrival. In addition arrivals from Spain heading to Scotland will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
The updated list Countries and territories with no self-isolation on arrival in England is below.
Note that unless you have visited or made a transit stop in any other country or territory in the preceding 14 days, you don’t need to self–isolate when you arrive in England from the following countries and territories:
- Czech Republic
- Faroe Islands
- San Marino
- Vatican City
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
- St Barthélemy
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- Trinidad and Tobago
- St Pierre and Miquelon
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
Australasia /South Pacific
- French Polynesia
- New Zealand
- New Caledonia
- the Channel Islands
- the Isle of Man
British Overseas Territories
- Akrotiri and Dhekelia
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- Falkland Islands
- The British Virgin Islands
- Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- Turks and Caicos Islands
You should always check before travel as the list changes regularly – see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors.
Separate advice for the devolved nations can be found at:
- Wales: https://gov.wales/written-statement-international-travel-regulations
- Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/exemptions/
- Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-advice
There are rules on transit too. In summary, if your journey involves a transit stop in a country not on the list, you will need to self-isolate when you arrive in England if new passengers get on your mode of transport, or you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again
You don’t need to self-isolate beyond normal timescales if, during your transit stop in a non-exempt country, that is if no new passengers get on, no-one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside and passengers get off but do not get back on
Note that before you arrive in the UK you must complete a passenger locator form. You must present these details on your arrival in England. This applies to both visitors and UK residents.
Also, remember – this list above is not reciprocal.
Countries on this list do not have to let UK citizens have a free pass into the country and may not allow passengers from the United Kingdom into their countries except under specific and limited circumstances.
In any case, you will have to comply with coronavirus requirements in the country you travel to. This may include self-isolating or providing your details to local authorities, so you will need to check before you travel on those countries – and be aware before you book.
And don’t forget to pack face-masks/coverings and hand sanitizer. Every country has slightly different rules on face coverings…
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