The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel, exempting destinations that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers. This advice remains under constant review to take into account the latest situation in each country.
These countries have been assessed as no longer presenting an unacceptably high risk to British people travelling abroad. Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice is based on risks to British nationals, including in-country public health assessments.
It is your responsibility to make sure you check travel advice before travelling. Use the link above to check advice and sign up for email alerts. You should:
- Make sure you have the appropriate travel insurance. If you have concerns about coronavirus, contact your travel provider to check what will be covered should you become sick or are required to self-isolate or quarantine by the local authorities.
- Check with your airline, tour operator, cruise line, or other transport and accommodation providers for any coronavirus-related changes.
- Plan ahead for any potential disruption.
- If you are older, or have pre-existing medical conditions, you are likely to become severely ill if you catch coronavirus. You should check NHS guidance before travelling.
Isolating arrivals at the border
The government is currently asking people travelling to the UK to make some sacrifices to stop coronavirus cases from being imported. In the same way as people in the UK have made large sacrifices to control the spread of coronavirus. This means when people enter the UK, they will be asked to supply their contact details and details of their accommodation, and to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days, other than those on a short list of exemptions.
You now no longer need to self-isolate when you arrive in England if you:
- are travelling or returning from one of the travel corridor countries.
- have not been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridor list in the previous 14 day.
This applies to all travel to England, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route. However, if you have been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridor list you will have to self-isolate until 14 days have passed since you left that country.
The full list of countries with 'travel corridors' meaning you do not need to self-isolate at the border is as follows.
- Akrotiri and Dhekelia
- Antigua and Barbuda
- the Azores
- Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- the Channel Islands
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- Greece (except the islands of Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos – if you arrived in England from any of these islands after 4am 9 September 2020 you will need to self-isolate)
- Hong Kong
- the Isle of Man
- Macao (Macau)
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
- San Marino
- Singapore (if you arrived in England from Singapore before 4am 19 September 2020 you will need to self-isolate)
- South Korea
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- St Barthélemy
- St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Pierre and Miquelon
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sweden (if you arrived in England from Sweden before 4am 12 September 2020 you will need to self-isolate)
- Thailand (if you arrived in England from Thailand before 4am 19 September 2020 you will need to self-isolate)
- Vatican City State
If you require consular assistance, you can contact them at any time by calling your nearest British embassy, high commission, or consulate.