Over the past few months, you likely will have heard about the UK’s ‘air bridges’ for quarantine-free travel to around 60 countries. For anyone eager to get out and explore the world again, it sounds like the stuff of lockdown-induced dreams.
Look closer at the details, however, and your options don’t seem quite so expansive. Just because the UK has opened up a ‘travel corridor’ with a country – removing a mandatory self-quarantine period on arrival back to the UK, and revoking the official advice against travel – doesn’t mean you’re welcome there.
In fact, in many cases, countries on the UK’s safe-travel list still have their borders closed to tourists and no flights available. In other places, you’re free to travel but you’ll still face a 14-day quarantine on arrival.
So the question is: where can you actually go, and not have to quarantine either when you land or when you return home? Here are all the countries and territories currently open to UK tourists, along with information on flights, testing, and health and accommodation forms you may have to fill out.
(An up-to-date list of UK ‘travel corridors’ can be found here. But remember that, as in the case of Italy, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Belgium, France and Turkey, the British government may choose to reimpose restrictions at a few hours’ notice, meaning you could still have to quarantine when you get home. Note also that rules may differ slightly for travellers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ire