Holidays: 'low risk' countries to visit

Travel is finally starting to pick up again after the coronavirus lockdown, but there are still many restrictions. So knowing which countries you can travel to and whether you need to quarantine on your return is very important.

Travel corridors: 'low risk' countries to visit

The UK government has recently published the names of countries which it now considers are safe for UK holiday-makers to visit, and amended its quarantine regulations so that self-isolation on return to the UK from many of these is no longer required.

By combining this information with the regulations that are enforced when holiday-makers arrive at their destination, we have produced a table that shows exactly how easy or otherwise it may be to visit your country of choice.

We have also added a handful of other countries because they are very popular holiday destinations but which, for the moment, are off-limits because UK nationals are banned from entering.

The information provided below is updated regularly - most recently on 11th August 2020.

Country FCO travel advice On arrival from UK Quarantine on return
ENG SCO WAL NIR
Andorra Essential only1 OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anguilla Essential only1 No entry2 No No No No
Antigua OK Test required5 No No No No
Aruba OK Test required5 No No No No
Australia OK No entry2 No No No No
Austria OK Test required5 No No No No
Bahamas Essential only1 Test required5 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Barbados OK Test required5 No No No No
Belgium Essential only1 OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bermuda OK Test required5 No No No No
Bonaire Essential only1 No entry3 No No No No
British Indian Ocean Territory OK OK No No No No
British Virgin Islands Essential only1 No entry2 No No No No
Brunei OK No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bulgaria Essential only1 OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cambodia OK Quarantine4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Canada OK No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cape Verde Essential only1 No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cayman Islands OK No entry2 No No No No
Cook Islands OK No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Costa Rica Essential only1 No entry3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Croatia OK OK No No No No
Cuba OK OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Curacao OK OK No No No No
Cyprus OK Test required5 No No No No
Czech Republic OK OK No No No No
Denmark OK OK No No No No
Dominica OK No entry2 No No No No
Dominican Republic Essential only1 OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Egypt Essential only1 OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Estonia OK OK No No No No
Falkland Islands OK Quarantine4 No No No No
Faroe Islands Essential only1 Test required5 No No No No
Fiji OK Quarantine4 No No No No
Finland OK No entry3 No No No No
France OK OK No No No No
French Polynesia OK Test required5 No No No No
Germany OK OK No No No No
Gibraltar OK OK No No No No
Greece OK OK No No No No
Greenland Essential only1 OK No No No No
Grenada OK OK No No No No
Guadeloupe OK OK No No No No
Guernsey OK Quarantine4 No No No No
Hong Kong OK No entry3 No No No No
Hungary OK Quarantine4 No No No No
Iceland OK OK No No No No
India Essential only1 No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Indonesia Essential only1 No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ireland OK Quarantine4 (excl. N Ireland) No No No No
Isle of Man OK No entry2 No No No No
Italy OK OK No No No No
Jamaica OK OK No No No No
Japan OK No entry3 No No No No
Jersey OK Test required5 No No No No
Kenya Essential only1 No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Laos OK No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Latvia OK OK No No No No
Liechtenstein OK OK No No No No
Lithuania OK OK No No No No
Luxembourg Essential only1 OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Macau OK No entry3 No No No No
Malaysia OK No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maldives Essential only1 OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Malta OK OK No No No No
Martinique OK OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mauritius Essential only1 No entry2 No No No No
Monaco OK OK No No No No
Montserrat Essential only1 No entry2 No No No No
Morocco Essential only1 No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Netherlands OK OK No No No No
New Caledonia OK No entry2 No No No No
New Zealand OK No entry2 No No No No
Norway OK OK No No No No
Pitcairn Island Essential only1 No entry2 No No No No
Poland OK OK No No No No
Portugal OK Azores & Madeira only Test required5 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reunion OK OK No No No No
Saba Essential only1 No entry3 No No No No
Samoa OK No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
San Marino OK OK No No No No
Serbia OK OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Seychelles Essential only1 No entry3 No No No No
Singapore OK No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sint Eustatius Essential only1 OK No No No No
Sint Maarten OK OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Slovakia OK OK No No No No
Slovenia OK OK No No No No
South Africa Essential only1 No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
South Georgia OK OK No No No No
South Korea OK Quarantine4 No No No No
Spain Essential only1 OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sri Lanka OK No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
St Barthelemy OK OK No No No No
St Kitts & Nevis OK No entry2 No No No No
St Lucia OK Test required5 No No No No
St Martin OK OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
St Pierre & Miquelon OK OK No No No No
St Vincent & the Grenadines OK OK No No No No
Switzerland OK OK No No No No
Taiwan OK No entry2 No No No No
Thailand OK No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trinidad & Tobago OK No entry2 No No No No
Tunisia Essential only1 OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Turkey OK OK No No No No
Turks & Caicos OK Test required5 No No No No
UAE Essential only1 Test required5 Yes Yes Yes Yes
USA Essential only1 No entry3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vietnam OK No entry2 No No No No
Wallis & Futuna OK Quarantine4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • 1 = UK FCO advises against all but essential travel to this country
  • 2 = Non-resident foreign nationals are not permitted to land
  • 3 = UK residents are not permitted to land
  • 4 = Generally 14 days of self-isolation, but the number of days can vary
  • 5 = COVID-19 RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) test required to enter

COVID-19 RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) tests are available from various laboratories around the UK. They can cost up to £200 per person, with results coming back in 2 to 3 days.

Notable countries not currently deemed 'low risk' include Sweden and China plus the whole of North, Central and South America.

Holiday destinations to consider for 2020

Below are some popular holiday destinations which UK holiday makers can visit and return from without the need to quarantine. Learn more about these countries with additional resources, articles, recommended travel providers and weather guides.

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Antigua

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Are there entry restrictions to Antigua due to the coronavirus?

There are no quarantine restrictions in place in Antigua.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Antigua?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Antigua you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Aruba

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Are there entry restrictions to Aruba due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering Aruba. There are no quarantine restrictions in place in Aruba.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Aruba?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Aruba you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Barbados

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Are there entry restrictions to Barbados due to the coronavirus?

There are no quarantine restrictions in place in Barbados.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Barbados?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Barbados you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Croatia

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Are there entry restrictions to Croatia due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering Croatia. Some arrivals in Croatia face a period of quarantine.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Croatia?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Croatia you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Cyprus

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to Cyprus due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering Cyprus. There are no quarantine restrictions in place in Cyprus.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Cyprus?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Cyprus you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Czech Republic

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Are there entry restrictions to the Czech Republic due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering the Czech Republic. Some arrivals in the Czech Republic face a period of quarantine.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from the Czech Republic?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from the Czech Republic you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Denmark

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to Denmark due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering Denmark. Some arrivals in Denmark face a period of quarantine.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Denmark?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Denmark you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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France

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to France due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering France. Some arrivals in France face a period of quarantine.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from France?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from France you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Germany

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to Germany due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering Germany. Some arrivals in Germany face a period of quarantine.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Germany?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Germany you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Greece

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to Greece due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering Greece. There are no quarantine restrictions in place in Greece.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Greece?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Greece you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Grenada

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to Grenada due to the coronavirus?

There are no quarantine restrictions in place in Grenada.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Grenada?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Grenada you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Iceland

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to Iceland due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering Iceland. There are no quarantine restrictions in place in Iceland.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Iceland?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Iceland you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Italy

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to Italy due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering Italy. Some arrivals in Italy face a period of quarantine.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Italy?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Italy you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Jamaica

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to Jamaica due to the coronavirus?

There are no quarantine restrictions in place in Jamaica.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Jamaica?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Jamaica you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Jersey

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Jersey?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Jersey you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Malta

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to Malta due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering Malta. Some arrivals in Malta face a period of quarantine.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Malta?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Malta you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Netherlands

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to the Netherlands due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering the Netherlands. Some arrivals in the Netherlands face a period of quarantine.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from the Netherlands?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from the Netherlands you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Poland

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to Poland due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering Poland. Some arrivals in Poland face a period of quarantine.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Poland?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Poland you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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St Lucia

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to St Lucia due to the coronavirus?

There are no quarantine restrictions in place in St Lucia.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from St Lucia?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from St Lucia you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Switzerland

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to Switzerland due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering Switzerland. Some arrivals in Switzerland face a period of quarantine.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Switzerland?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Switzerland you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Turkey

Latest coronavirus stats >>

Are there entry restrictions to Turkey due to the coronavirus?

Some non-resident foreign nationals are banned from entering Turkey. There are no quarantine restrictions in place in Turkey.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Turkey?

From 10th July 2020, if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Turkey you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Coronavirus - country by country

What is the UK quarantine policy?

With the British government's 14-day quarantine for some passengers arriving in the UK now in force and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) still advising against all but essential travel to most countries, times are very uncertain for the UK travel industry and for British holidaymakers hoping to escape to Europe this summer.

Summer holidays to Ibiza, Balearics, Spain © lunamarina - Fotolia.com
Summer holidays to Ibiza, Balearics, Spain © lunamarina - Fotolia.com

The quarantine rules, where they apply, require residents and visitors to provide details of where they can be contacted during their stay in the UK and their planned route from the airport, where they must self-isolate for 14 days.

There is a fine of up to £100 for failing to provide contact details and up to £1,000 for failing to self-isolate. Note that rules and fines differ in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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