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The full list of UK travel corridor countries where you don’t have to quarantine after lockdown


Holidays feel more appealing than ever right now, with the country in lockdown and the days getting shorter and shorter.

Many will be sat daydreaming of a flight to foreign shores as the skies get dark before the end of the workday.

But what are the rules around travelling during lockdown? And what is the current state of the UK’s quarantine list? Here is everything you need to know…

Can I go on holiday during lockdown?

It is against the law to go on holiday during lockdown in England. People who are caught doing so can be fined between £200 and £6,400.

International travel is also against the law in Wales, while it is advised against but not illegal in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Travelling abroad is currently banned during lockdown (Photo: Getty)

England’s lockdown is set to end on 2 December, so you will need to wait until at least that date to go away.

Can I book a trip for after lockdown?

When lockdown ends England is expected to go back to a regional tiered system of restrictions.

Previously, international travel was allowed in all three tiers, but there has been no indication yet if that will still be the case.

If you are planning to book a post-lockdown trip, be aware that there is a chance the national shutdown could be extended beyond 2 December.

Boris Johnson has been insistent lockdown will end as planned, but other ministers have been more cagey. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said it is still “too early to say” when the restrictions will be eased.

Where can I go without having to quarantine?

If you are planning to go away, it is important to know that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is currently advising against non-essential travel to all but a few countries.

If you go somewhere not on the approved list, you will not be able to get travel insurance, and it may be difficult to get a refund if your trip is cancelled.

The UK’s travel corridor list is much smaller than it was a few months ago, and there are only a handful of countries you can travel to without having to quarantine on either end.

They are Iceland, Chile, Cambodia, Laos, Turks and Caicos, Bahrain, the UAE and Qatar, as well as the Greek islands of Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, and Zakynthos (Zante).

Zakynthos, or Zante, is on the UK’s quarantine-free list (Photo: Getty)

Here is the full of countries from where you do not have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the UK:

Will quarantine be reduced?

There are hopes the quarantine period could soon be reduced from 14 days to seven.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the Airport Operators Association this week: “We’ve been making very good progress on a test-to-release programme, to launch once we’re out of lockdown.

“This will consist of a single test for arrivals into the UK provided by the private sector and at a cost to the passenger, allowing a much-reduced period of self-isolation.”



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