The UK government gave Britons the green light for overseas travel last week, reigniting hope for summer holidays. From July 7, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) no longer advised against travelling to a list of 66 destinations across the world. However, another list was released of 59 countries that can be visited by Britons who don’t need to self-isolate on their return.
The lists marked the end of months of struggle for the travel and tourism industries who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Although the lists were a positive move, some countries appear on one list but not the other list.
For example, according to the FCO, Canada is safe to travel to but visitors to the country will still have to isolate when they return to the UK.
Those going to Aruba will not be required to quarantine on their return but the FCO is still advising against trips there.
Faroe Islands (visitors have to take coronavirus test at the airport when they arrive. Children younger than 12 do not need to be tested. From June 27 to July 10, testing will be free of charge upon arrival in the Faroe Islands. From July 11, travellers will have to pay for their own tests, which will cost DKK 390 (approximately £50))
Iceland (can visit but must either pay for coronavirus test (£51 – £62) or isolate for 14 days. If you test positive on arrival, you will be required to enter self-isolation at a hotel to government-provided accommodation. You may also need to be tested again or enter self-isolation if you are exposed to a possible infection during your travel to Iceland)
Spain (temperature check and contact info required)
These countries are advising visitors to self-isolate for 14 days but it is not mandatory:
Trinidad and Tobago
The FCO updated their advice on July 4, dubbed ‘Super Saturday’, allowing Britons to finally enjoy a holiday abroad.
The FCO website reads: “On 4 July our travel advice changed, with exemptions for travelling to certain countries and territories that no longer pose a high risk for British travellers.
“We continue to advise against non-essential international travel, except to countries and territories listed.
“We are monitoring the international situation very closely and keeping this advice under constant review so that it reflects our latest assessment of risks to British people.
“We take a range of factors into account.
“For coronavirus, this includes the incidence rate and the resilience of healthcare provision in each country.”
Travel advice from country to country is evolving regularly during the coronavirus pandemic.
The FCO is the best way to check whether your destination is safe to travel to and what rules apply on your arrival and return.
Travel corridors have reportedly been announced for the Seychelles, Fiji, New Caledonia, Bonaire, Curacao, Guadeloupe and St Barthélemy, but the FCO still advises against travel.
Published at Thu, 09 Jul 2020 08:45:00 +0000