In July, when borders started to reopen, the UK government announced a number of travel corridors. Initially, there were 59 countries from which you could travel without the need to quarantine on arrival. The government also introduced a list of countries and territories exempt from the advice against ‘all but essential international travel.’
Brits, desperate for sun, sand and sea flocked to the airports for European holidays. However this freedom proved short lived and within weeks, some of the ‘travel corridors’ had been removed. Other countries have since followed suit. Your options for a summer holiday are shrinking, and as countries report surges in cases, the list could shrink further.
Where can you go in Europe without quarantine?
I have updated the list of ‘travel corridors’ below to show which in Europe require quarantine on arrival and whether they are excluded from ‘essential travel only.‘ If the country ticks all three criteria, then it could be a a candidate for a last minute summer break.
Covid experience in these countries
The data also shows the number of cumulative numbers of Coronavirus infections for 14 days per 100,000. The UK government uses this data (albeit based on 7 day data) to establish when a country should be removed from the quarantine exemption. If the country exceeds 20 cases per 100,000 over seven days, it is a potential candidate for the reintroduction of quarantine. These numbers change rapidly so even if a country ticks all three boxes today, it may not in a few weeks.
I have highlighted any countries in red which exceed the magical 20 number. This means they could soon require quarantine on arrival into the UK.
|Country||Cases per 100,000 over 14 days (Source: ECDC)||Exempt from ‘all but essential international travel’ (FCO guidance)||No need to quarantine on arrival|
|Cyprus||20.4||√||√ but with negative Covid test provided within 72 hours of travel|
|Estonia||8.2||√||√ providing the country from where arriving has an infection rate of 16 or fewer cases per 100,000 people for the previous 14 days|
|Norway||13.6||√||x From midnight on Friday 21 August, all travellers from the UK will be required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival.|
Note, that quarantine may still be imposed if you show signs of Covid during travel or on arrival in any country on the list above.
What countries are quarantine free?
Countries highlighted in gold do not impose a quarantine on arrival or on your return to the Uk. They also are exempt from essential travel only requirements so your insurance should be valid. More importantly they do not exceed the limit above.
In Europe therefore there are currently 16 countries that you can visit without quarantine on arrival or on your return. If you remove the countries in red this number drops to just 8 countries.
One last tip
Given how quickly the position can change, my last piece of advice would be to book refundable hotels. That way you can obtain a refund if you must cancel due to government imposed changes.
Have your say
Given the rapidly changing situation, would you travel currently? Even if quarantine was involved? Let us know what you think in the comments below.