Updated: Oct 23, 2020
Everyone has been talking about the UK government travel corridor policy since travel was on the cards again in July and with the list of countries going on and off changing faster than the speed of light it has raised a few eyebrows, extensive debate and not to mention a few unhappy travellers when told they’ll have to quarantine after returning to the UK with little to zero notice.
However, the current list of countries where a period of self isolation is required, as of the 3rd of October 2020, can be found on the Gov.uk website together with a lot of helpful information and guidance for safe travel:
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So we've compiled a brief summary below for your convenience but this will undoubtedly change following the next Government announcement so always check before booking and travelling.
If you were lucky to get away for a mini holiday in the summer or if you are desperately planning (with hesitation, we’ll always have the wonderful UK staycations) a little winter getaway in the coming months but you are nervous to make the move and book those shiny flight ticket deals that keep popping in your inbox you’ll want to be well informed on the current situation and where you can actually go!
This is where our list (taken from both the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and UK government advice) comes in handy and the difference here is that you don’t have to do the dreaded mandatory quarantine on either side! The sweet spot lies wherein a country is shown on both lists. It’s worth noting that this list applies to countries that appear on England’s travel corridors list. The countries that appear on the lists of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may differ.
Feeling a bit better? Well then read on!
* Updated 09/10/20 - The Greek islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Santorini and Zakynthos have been added to England’s travel corridor list, transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed.
From 4am on Saturday, travellers from the Greek islands will no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days
Greece (mainland and some islands)
The seven troublemakers on this one are Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos, so as beautiful and exciting as they might sound they are a no no if you want to avoid a full quarantine. There are regional travel corridors in place and UK travellers arriving from other areas of Greece, including the mainland won’t have to quarantine.
You can go but there are a few steps to follow before:
Get a COVID test 72 hours before travelling, you are only allowed if it’s negative!
Complete a Cyprus Flight Pass and upload your negative results within 24 hours prior to departure.
It’s a gamble on this one, as you might be subject to another test on arrival and if someone in your plan tests positive then you’ll have to quarantine.
Nice and simple, no quarantine or test required so fly away!
Londoners are in luck with this one as if you’re arriving from one of the following English regions, you’re considered high risk: North East, North West,