Mapped: The 30 countries you can actually visit right now

Tom Mulvihill
Croatia is open for business, but some countries are still forcing arrivals to quarantine - getty

The Government has given the green light to overseas holidays. As of July 31, the FCO no longer advises against trips to 80 destinations, while 78 places can now be visited by Britons without the need to self-isolate on their return.

Confusingly, however, some nations appear on one list, but not the other. Those coming back from Bonaire, for example, will not need to quarantine. However, the FCO still advises against trips to the Caribbean island (making travel insurance hard to come by). Conversely, Canada is safe to visit, according to the FCO, but visitors are still required to self-isolate when they return home. 

Furthermore, many countries included on both lists still have their own restrictions in place. New Zealand, for example, could remain closed to foreign tourists until next year, while Cyprus is blocking all UK arrivals.

In a big blow to British tourists, the whole of Spain was last week removed from the quarantine-exempt list and the FCO is also now advising against non-essential travel to the summer favourite.

Nevertheless, 30 places (28 in Europe and two beyond) appear on both lists, and are welcoming UK travellers. Here they are, along with the rules for every other country on the UK exemption lists.

Travel status from UK
Europe 

No restrictions – start planning your holiday

  1. Andorra

  2. Austria

  3. Belgium

  4. Croatia

  5. Czech Republic

  6. Denmark 

  7. Estonia 

  8. Faroe Islands (Visitors required to take Covid-19 test at airport on arrival)

  9. France

  10. Germany

  11. Gibraltar

  12. Greece (Visitors must complete an online form. They may also be asked to undergo testing for coronavirus, but this is unlikely)

  13. Iceland (Open to tourists, but all arrivals must choose to pay to be tested for coronavirus or self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt)

  14. Italy

  15. Latvia

  16. Liechtenstein

  17. Lithuania

  18. Malta (Temperature check on arrival)

  19. Monaco 

  20. Netherlands 

  21. Norway

  22. Poland

  23. San Marino

  24. Slovakia 

  25. Slovenia (Health checks are conducted at all border entry points)

  26. Switzerland

  27. Turkey

  28. Vatican City

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On the FCO safe list, but restrictions in force 

Cyprus (No entry if you have been in the UK in the last 14 days)

Finland (Entry is prohibited for all non-resident foreign nationals, with some limited exemptions. If you’re eligible to enter Finland from the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival)

Hungary (Arrivals from the UK will have to undergo a medical examination for coronavirus. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days unless you can provide upon arrival two negative Covid-19 tests, taken 48 hours apart and within five days of your entry date)

Ireland (Arrivals from the UK asked to complete 14-day self-isolation, apart from travellers from Northern Ireland)

Portugal – the Azores and Madeira (Arrivals must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test, carried out 72 hours before you arrive, or take a test on arrival and await the results within 12 hours at their accommodation. Furthermore, you will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain).

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North America/Caribbean

No restrictions – start planning your holiday

  1. South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (No coronavirus restrictions; visitor permits are still required)

  2. Falkland Islands (If you develop symptoms after arrival you must self-isolate for 14 days)

On the FCO safe list, but restrictions in force 

Antigua and Barbuda (All passengers arriving by air in Antigua and Barbuda, including those transiting the country, must provide evidence of a negative test). 

Aruba (All visitors must obtain approval to travel to Aruba through the Embarkation/Disembarkation card online before arrival, plus providing a negative test result within 72 hours of departure, purchase Aruba’s Covid-19 insurance and agree to health screening and temperature checks on arrival).

Bahamas (A 14-day quarantine for all visitors on commercial air, plus ban on inter-island travel from July 28, nationwide weekend lockdowns and a national daily curfew from 7pm to 5am).

Barbados (You must submit a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours before departure, or be subjected to a mandatory test upon arrival. You will need to isolate until the test results are provided. This can take a maximum of 48 hours. You may also be required to quarantine at any stage of your stay if the Barbados authorities deem that you have been in close contact with a Covid-19 positive individual).

Bermuda (Must complete the travel authorisation process online within 48 hours of departure; a $75 fee per traveller is required. Should also take a certified RT-PCR Covid-19 test no more than five days before departure, and obtain a negative result. This applies to adults and children aged 10 years and up. Another test is required at the airport. Travellers who do not take a test before departure must take one on arrival, self-isolate for three days at place of accommodation, and take another test on the third day)

Canada (Travel limited to citizens and permanent residents, their immediate families, foreign workers and students; required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain).

Cayman Islands (All airports closed until further notice. Only people who have been pre-authorised may enter the Cayman Islands at this time. They are subject to mandatory quarantine for a period of 14 days in a government facility).

Cuba (All commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until July 31. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain).

Curaçao (Must show a negative certified Covid-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours before departure, and carry a printed document of proof with them, plus must upload the negative test results to dicardcuracao.com before departure. Within 48 hours before departure, you need to digitally fill out the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) and carry a printed document of proof with you, plus a digital immigration card.)

Dominica (Borders and airports will not open to foreign visitors until August 7; all visitors have a PCR swab test with a negative result taken up to 72 hours before arrival).

Grenada (If you’re eligible to enter Grenada you will be screened, including a rapid Covid test, and will need to comply with quarantine requirements which are expected to be available soon on the Government Information Service Facebook page or Ministry of Health Facebook page).

Guadeloupe (To enter the French Overseas Territories, the French government have confirmed you must complete a travel certificate. Visitors are subject to a health check upon arrival, which may result in a period of quarantine).

Jamaica (You must have authorisation to visit Jamaica, obtained through the Visit Jamaica website; all tourists will be tested for coronavirus at the airport on arrival, with those testing positive to be quarantined at their hotel or a government facility).

Martinique (Travel certificate required for entry. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain).

St Kitts and Nevis (No quarantine, but borders currently closed to air and sea traffic).

St Lucia (Testing prior to travel is now mandatory. From July visitors must provide a negative test result taken seven days or less before travel to Saint Lucia. All arriving passengers will be screened, including temperature checks, at the airport. Any symptomatic passengers will be isolated and tested).

St Maarten (Complete a self-health declaration form 72 hours prior to arrival, must show a negative certified Covid-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours before departure. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain).

St Martin and St Barthélemy (To enter the French Overseas Territories, the French government have confirmed you must complete a travel certificate. Visitors are subject to a health check upon arrival, which may result in a period of quarantine. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain).

St Pierre and Miquelon (Travel certificate required for entry).

St Vincent and the Grenadines (All flights suspended until further notice; visitors must take a PCR test on arrival and quarantine at place of accommodation for 24 hours while they await results. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain).

Trinidad and Tobago (No flights from UK until September 1. All arrivals required to enter quarantine for 14 days)

Turks and Caicos (Visitors are required to obtain pre-travel authorisation, this requires evidence of a negative Covid-19 test from a reputable facility taken within five days prior to arrival, proof of health/travel insurance with Covid-19 cover and a completed health screening questionnaire).

  • A travel corridor has been announced for Anguilla, Bonaire and British Virgin Islands, but the FCO still advises against travel

Asia

On the FCO safe list, but restrictions in force 

Brunei (Travel severely restricted; the few who are permitted entry must go into quarantine at a government-booked facility, pay 1,000BND/£576 for a test, and cover costs of quarantine stay. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain.)

Cambodia (Must have a visa and a medical certificate proving a negative Covid-19 test, no longer than 72 hours prior to date of travel, plus correct medical insurance cover. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain).

Hong Kong (Travellers from overseas countries/territories, who are not Hong Kong residents, will be denied entry)

Japan (Travellers who have been in the UK and other select countries in the last 14 days are not permitted to enter Japan; all arrivals are required to go into quarantine for 14 days)

Laos (No visas are being issued to people travelling from a country with Covid-19, including the UK. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain).

Macao (Entry barred for all travellers except residents of Macao, Hong Kong, Taiwan or mainland China)

Malaysia (Require permission to enter the country; all arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain).

Singapore (No short-term visitors from anywhere in the world are able to enter Singapore; everyone granted permission to enter Singapore will be issued with a 14-day Stay at Home Notice which must be served at a government designated hotel and costs $2,000. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain).

South Korea (All arrivals are required to take a Covid-19 test and enter quarantine for 14 days. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain).

Sri Lanka (Entry is currently prohibited for all non-nationals. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain).

Taiwan (Ban in place on travel for tourism purposes; foreign nationals entering Taiwan must provide a negative Covid-19 test report completed three days prior to boarding; all arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days)

Thailand (All foreign nationals are barred from entry into the country except in certain limited circumstances; If you’re eligible to enter, you will be subject to a 14-day state quarantine at a Thai government-designated facility at your own expense. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain)

Vietnam (Minimum 14-day quarantine for all visitors; longer if you test positive)

Oceania

On the FCO safe list, but restrictions in force

Australia (Entry to Australia is limited, except for Australian citizens and permanent residents or those with an exemption. All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility, for example a hotel, at their port of arrival).

Fiji (The border is closed to all non-Fijian citizens).

French Polynesia (Entry to French Polynesia is limited, all travellers need to present a medical certificate. If you’re eligible to enter French Polynesia, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival)

New Caledonia (To enter the French Overseas Territories, the French government have confirmed you must complete a travel certificate. Visitors are subject to a health check upon arrival, which may result in a period of quarantine).

New Zealand & the Cook Islands (The New Zealand border and Cook Island border are currently closed to almost all arrivals. Those allowed in must stay in managed isolation or quarantine for at least 14 days and test negative for Covid-19 before they can go into the community)

Samoa (Only permanent residents and essential workers are permitted to enter. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain).

Wallis and Futuna (Travel certificate required for entry. You will still need to self-isolate upon your return to Britain.)

  • A travel corridor has been announced for Pitcairn, but the FCO still advises against travel

Africa/Indian Ocean

On the FCO safe list, but restrictions in force:

Reunion (Travel certificate required for entry)

St Helena (New arrivals to St Helena are subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days and will be tested on day 14).

  • A travel corridor has been announced for Mauritius and the Seychelles, but the FCO still advises against travel