Holidays: 'low risk' countries to visit

Colin Carter

Colin Carter

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 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. Select a country name to see the specific entry requirements and restrictions.

Latest update: The UK government is currently restricting domestic and international travel from 5 November to 2 December 2020 therefore the UK FCO currently advises against all non-essential travel overseas. There is total ban on travel from Denmark.

Country FCO advice On arrival from UK Quarantine on return
ENG SCO WAL NIR
Andorra No1 Quarantine for some countries3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anguilla No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for all3 (Restricted to hotel for 10 days) No No No No
Antigua No1 Tests for all4 No No No No
Aruba No1 Tests for all4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Australia No1 No entry2 No No No No
Austria No1 Tests from parts of UK4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bahamas No1 Tests for all4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bahrain No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for all3 (quarantine while awaiting test results) No No No No
Barbados No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for all3 (Restricted to hotel for 5-7 days) No No No No
Belgium No1 Tests from some countries4 + quarantine for UK arrivals3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bermuda No1 Tests for all4 No No No No
Bonaire No1 Tests for all4 No Yes No No
British Indian Ocean Territory No1 OK No No No No
British Virgin Islands No1 No entry2 No No No No
Brunei No1 No entry2 No No No No
Bulgaria No1 Tests from some countries4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cambodia No1 No entry2 No No No No
Canary Islands No1 Tests for all4 No No No No
Cape Verde No1 No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cayman Islands No1 No entry2 No No No No
Chile No1 No entry2 No No No No
Costa Rica No1 Entry ban from some countries Yes Yes Yes Yes
Croatia No1 Tests from some countries4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cuba No1 Tests for all4 No No No No
Cyprus No1 Tests from UK4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Czech Republic No1 No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Denmark No1 Tests for all4 Yes No No No
Dominica No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for UK arrivals3 (5 days quarantine at hotel) No No No No
Dominican Republic No1 OK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Egypt No1 Tests for all4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Estonia No1 Quarantine for UK arrivals3 No No No No
Falkland Islands No1 No entry2 No No No No
Faroe Islands No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for all3 No No No No
Fiji No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for all3 No No No No
Finland No1 Quarantine for some countries3 No No No No
France No1 Tests from some countries4 + quarantine for UK arrivals3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Germany No1 Tests for all4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gibraltar No1 Quarantine for some countries3 No No No No
Greece No1 Tests for all4 No No No No
Greenland No1 Tests for all4 No No No No
Grenada No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for some countries3 (5 days quarantine at hotel) No No No No
Guernsey No1 Quarantine for all3 No No No No
Hong Kong No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for all3 (All residents, except those returning from China, must quarantine at an approved government hotel) No No No No
Iceland No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for all3 (choice between 14 days quarantine and 6 days quarantine with testing) No No No No
India No1 No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Indonesia No1 No entry2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ireland No1 Tests from some countries4 + quarantine for some countries3 (No quarantine for residents of N. Ireland) No No No No
Isle of Man No1 No entry2 No No No No
Israel No1 No entry2 No Yes No No
Italy No1 Tests from UK4 + quarantine for some countries3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jamaica No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for some countries3 (Tourists staying in certain areas are not required to quarantine) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Japan No1 Quarantine for all3 No No No No
Jersey No1 Tests from some countries4 + quarantine for some UK arrivals3 No No No No
Kenya No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for some countries3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Laos No1 No entry2 No No No No
Latvia No1 Quarantine for UK arrivals3 No No No No
Luxembourg No1 Entry ban from some countries Yes Yes Yes Yes
Macau No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for some countries3 No No No No
Malaysia No1 No entry2 No No No No
Maldives No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for all3 (Tourists exempt from quarantine) No No No No
Malta No1 Tests from parts of UK4 + quarantine for some countries3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mauritius No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for all3 No No No No
Montserrat No1 No entry2 No No No No
Morocco No1 Tests for all4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Namibia No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for some countries3 No Yes No No
Netherlands No1 Quarantine for UK arrivals3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
New Caledonia No1 No entry2 No No No No
New Zealand No1 No entry2 No No No No
Northern Mariana Islands No1 Tests for all4 No Yes No No
Norway No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for UK arrivals3 No No No No
Pitcairn Island No1 No entry2 No No No No
Poland No1 Quarantine for some countries3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Portugal No1 Entry ban from some countries Yes Yes Yes Yes
Qatar No1 Quarantine for all3 No No No No
Rwanda No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for all3 (Short quarantine on arrival awaiting 2nd test) No Yes No No
Saba No1 Tests from some countries4 + quarantine for some countries3 No Yes No No
Seychelles No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for some countries3 No No No No
Singapore No1 Tests from some countries4 + quarantine for some countries3 No No No No
Sint Eustatius No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for UK arrivals3 No Yes No No
South Africa No1 Tests for all4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
South Georgia No1 OK No No No No
South Korea No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for all3 No No No No
Spain No1 Quarantine for some countries3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sri Lanka No1 No entry2 No Yes No No
St Barthelemy No1 Tests for all4 No No No No
St Kitts & Nevis No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for all3 No No No No
St Lucia No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for some countries3 No No No No
St Pierre & Miquelon No1 Tests for all4 No No No No
St Vincent & the Grenadines No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for all3 (Restricted to hotel for 5 days) No No No No
Switzerland No1 Quarantine for UK arrivals3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Taiwan No1 No entry2 No No No No
Thailand No1 No entry2 No No No No
Tunisia No1 Tests for all4 + quarantine for all3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Turkey No1 Quarantine for some countries3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Turks & Caicos No1 Tests for all4 No No No No
UAE No1 Tests for all4 No No No No
Uruguay No1 No entry2 (Quarantine period reduced by taking a 2nd test) No Yes No No
USA No1 Quarantine for all3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vietnam No1 No entry2 No No No No

The information provided above is updated regularly - most recently on 24 November 2020.

  • 1 = UK FCO advises against all but essential travel to this country
  • 2 = Non-resident foreign nationals are not permitted to land
  • 3 = Generally 14 days of self-isolation, but the number of days can vary
  • 4 = 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.

Holiday destinations to consider for 2021

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.

Antigua

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Are there entry restrictions to Antigua due to the coronavirus?

Negative COVID-19 test results are required for all arrivals. Check out Antigua Barbuda Tourism Authority for more info.

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

Currently 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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Barbados

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Are there entry restrictions to Barbados due to the coronavirus?

Negative COVID-19 test results are required for all arrivals. All arrivals face a period of quarantine on entering Barbados. Restricted to hotel for 5-7 days. Check out Barbados Tourism Marketing for more info.

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

Currently 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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Grenada

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Are there entry restrictions to Grenada due to the coronavirus?

Negative COVID-19 test results are required for all arrivals. Arrivals from some countries face a period of quarantine on entering Grenada. 5 days quarantine at hotel. Check out Grenada Ministry of Health for more info.

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

Currently 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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Ireland

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Are there entry restrictions to Ireland due to the coronavirus?

Negative COVID-19 test results are required for arrivals from some countries. Arrivals from some countries face a period of quarantine on entering Ireland. No quarantine for residents of N. Ireland. Check out Government of Ireland for more info.

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

Currently if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from Ireland 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?

Currently 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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Maldives

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

Negative COVID-19 test results are required for all arrivals. All arrivals face a period of quarantine on entering the Maldives. Tourists exempt from quarantine. Check out Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation for more info.

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

Currently if you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from the Maldives you do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.

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St Lucia

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

Negative COVID-19 test results are required for all arrivals. Arrivals from some countries face a period of quarantine on entering St Lucia. Check out St. Lucia Tourism Authority for more info.

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

Currently 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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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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