The 24 countries you can (feasibly) visit right now

The UK is forcing arrivals from Croatia to quarantine
The UK is forcing arrivals from Croatia, and many other places, to quarantine Credit: getty

The approved list of travel corridor countries, which Britons can visit without needing to self-isolate on their return, is shrinking. 

In recent weeks, Sloveniamainland Portugal, Hungary, French PolynesiaSpain, France, Belgium, Croatia, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Andorra, Luxembourg, the Bahamas, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos, Guadeloupe and Aruba have all be removed from the green list, as have a clutch of Greek islands. 

On the plus side, Sweden, Thailand, Singapore and Cuba have been added. 

However, many of the countries on the green list (including Thailand and Singapore) are not yet welcoming UK tourists. So where can you go?

In all, there are now 12 places on the travel corridor list that have no restrictions on UK arrivals, and a further 12 with limited restrictions that make holiday feasible. Here is the full guide, as of September 17:

Open for business

Europe

1. Denmark

2. Germany

3. Gibraltar

Travellers must report to the authorities if they have been in a “relevant area” in the 14 days before their arrival in Gibraltar. Failure to do so constitutes an offence punishable with a fine of up to £1,000. A relevant area means a country, area or territory outside the European Union but does not include the United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man.

4. Greece (Partially open)

Travellers returning to Scotland from the whole of Greece must self-isolate. 

For England and Northern Ireland, those returning from Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos must quarantine; for Wales, the exclusions are Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos. 

You must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before your arrival in Greece. Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a fine on arrival, or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country.

5. Greenland

All passengers are required to follow provisions related to testing and quarantine and to fill out a “Sumut” form. The latest guidance on entry requirements for travel to Greenland can be found here.

6. Italy (including Vatican City)

You should download and complete a self-declaration from the Interior Ministry before you travel. 

7. Liechtenstein

While Liechtenstein is on travel corridors list, it has no airport and its only land borders are with Austria and Switzerland – both of which are not. To reach it without needing to self-isolate on your return to Britain you will need to fly to a travel corridor country (such as Germany) and drive to Liechtenstein without leaving your vehicle to mix with anyone in a “red list” country. 

8. Poland

9. San Marino

You must travel through Italy to reach San Marino. See “Italy”, above. 

10. Slovakia

11. Sweden

12. Turkey

All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms will be required to undergo a PCR test.

Feasible to visit

Europe

13. Azores: Test on arrival

Before you arrive you must complete and submit a traveller questionnaire between 12 and 48 hours before departure. If you have one, upload proof of a negative Covid-19 test, carried out 72 hours before departure.

On arrival, you will be subject to a health screening. If you have not uploaded your Covid-19 test result, you will be asked to show it at the airport. If you do not have proof of a test, you will be able to take one at the airport and self-isolate at your accommodation until the results are known. This will take about 12 hours.

14. Cyprus: Test before departure

Cyprus has placed the UK in Category B: this means that tourists are permitted to travel, but they need to provide a negative Covid-19 test result on arrival, obtained no more than 72 hours before travel. Test results can be in the form of an email or SMS, but the result itself and/or appointment letter must include the date and time when the test was taken. Children under 12 years old do not require to be tested in order to travel to Cyprus. Please see the Republic of Cyprus Information Office website for further information. All travellers to Cyprus must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling, available on the Cyprus Flight Pass website. You will be responsible for ensuring your PCR test result is uploaded to Cyprus Flight Pass within 24 hours of your departure. More details here.

15. Faroe Islands: Test on arrival

All travellers to the Faroe Islands must be tested for Covid-19 on arrival until 31 October. A follow up test on the sixth day of the visit is strongly recommended. Children younger than 12 do not need to be tested. Testing is free of charge up to and including 30 September. From 1 October travellers will have to pay for the test.

16. Iceland: Test on arrival

All passengers arriving in Iceland can choose to either self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival or pay to take two Covid-19 tests, one on arrival and another five to six days later. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from both testing and self-isolation.

Those opting to test instead of the 14-day self-isolation period must follow quarantine measures until the result of the second test is known. This self-isolation can be completed at a hotel or self-catering property but it significantly affects what you can and cannot do on arrival.

17. Jersey: Test of arrival

Jersey requires UK arrivals to show evidence of a negative Covid test or take a test on arrival if they want to avoid a 14-day quarantine. 

18. Madeira

Before you arrive you must complete and submit a traveller questionnaire between 12 and 48 hours before departure. If you have one, upload proof of a negative Covid-19 test, carried out 72 hours before departure.

On arrival, you will be subject to a health screening. If you have not uploaded your Covid-19 test result, you will be asked to show it at the airport. If you do not have proof of a test, you will be able to take one at the airport and self-isolate at your accommodation until the results are known. This will take about 12 hours.

Caribbean

19. Anguilla: Test before departure

It may be open, but visitors to Anguilla have to jump through lots of hoops during their holiday. 

Applications to enter, made via ivisitanguilla.com, must be updated with a negative PCR test taken three to five days before arrival. Thereafter all arrivals are tested upon arrival, and again, after ten days. During the first ten days holidaymakers are required to remain at their chosen accommodation, which can be either a private villa, hotel, or resort. Only after a second negative test can they move freely around Anguilla. 

This process, however, doesn’t come cheap. Not only will visitors be required to provide an insurance policy covering medical expenses related to Covid-19, they’re also charged $1,000 (£770) per individual for a stay of less than three months. The fee covers testing, additional health staff required during your visit, and surveillance and security for the ports and accommodation. A family up to four will be charged $1,500 (£1,155) in total. 

20. Antigua and Barbuda: Test before departure

All passengers 12 years and older arriving by air in Antigua and Barbuda, including those transiting the country, must provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken no more than seven days before arrival. Further health screening is in place at VC Bird International Airport and a further test on arrival may be required. 

21. Barbados: Test before departure

All visitors must present evidence of a negative Covid test taken no more than 72 before arrival. All arrivals from the UK are subject to daily monitoring for seven days, including interviews with and calls by public health professionals. You are required to take a second test five to seven days after arrival. If this second test proves negative, no further monitoring will be required. 

22. Bermuda: Test before departure

All visitors from the UK will need to apply for Travel Authorisation and are required to have a pre-departure test. 

23. St Lucia: Test before departure

Visitors must provide a negative test result taken no more than seven days previously. All arriving passengers will be screened, including temperature checks, at the airport. Any symptomatic passengers will be isolated and tested. Visitors must stay in an approved resort. 

24. St Vincent and the Grenadines: Test before departure

All travellers must complete a pre-arrival questionnaire found at www.health.gov.vc. If you’re travelling from the UK, you must arrive with a negative result of a test done no more than five days before arrival. You will be retested on arrival in SVG and must quarantine for up to 72 hours at a government-approved hotel to await clearance.

Not feasible

Europe

Estonia

If you’re arriving in Estonia from the UK, you’ll need to self-isolate for 14 days. You have the option of taking a test to reduce your self-isolation period (not be available for children). Full details can be found on the Estonian Health Board website. Until the test results are known, one must be in complete self-isolation. In the case of a negative result, the person will be notified via text message; positive results will be communicated over the phone. In the case of a negative test result, the person must stay in limited self-isolation for the first seven days following arrival to Estonia, i.e. the person can go to work and, for example, a shop, but unnecessary contacts must be avoided. The person should also keep their distance from others while at work. A second test must be performed no earlier than seven days after the results of the first test, and if it is also negative, a person can resume their daily life.

Guernsey

Guernsey requires all arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days.

Ireland

All arrivals from overseas, including Irish residents, are asked to restrict their movement for 14 days on arrival. There are some exemptions, including if you are returning to Ireland from Northern Ireland or from any of the countries that are on the Irish Government’s Green List. The UK is not currently on the list. 

Isle of Man

All arrivals must self-isolate for two weeks. Those caught breaking the rules have been handed prison sentences. 

Latvia

UK arrivals are required to self-isolate for 10 days.

Lithuania

British nationals resident in the UK will need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test on arrival in Lithuania and self-isolate for 14 days. 

Norway

All travellers from the UK are required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival.

Caribbean

Cuba

Foreign tourists can visit Cuba on international charter flights into the following destinations only: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur. However, there are currently no direct flights from the UK to Cuba, with the majority of options requiring a transfer in a non travel corridor country (such as Mexico). 

Curacao

Arrivals must show evidence of a Covid test, taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival. However, the only flights are via the Netherlands, which is not on the travel corridors list. 

Dominica

Arriving passengers must complete an online questionnaire 24 hours before arrival, and have a PCR swab test with a negative result taken up to 72 hours before arrival. A Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) will be taken on arrival. If the RDT is negative, then the traveller must self-isolate in a government operated or government certified facility for five days before having a further PCR test. If the RDT is positive, then a further PCR swab test will be carried out. This will be at the traveller’s expense.

Grenada

UK arrivals must show evidence of a negative Covid test and self-isolate for 10 days. 

St Barts

To enter the French Overseas Territories, the French government has confirmed you must complete a travel certificate. Visitors are subject to a health check upon arrival, which may result in a period of quarantine. However, the only direct flights are via France, which is not on the travel corridor list. 

Americas/Atlantic

Falkland Islands

All arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days. 

St Helena

All arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days. 

St Pierre and Miquelon

Travel certificate required for entry; however, there is no way to reach the country from the UK without entering a non travel corridor country. 

Asia/Oceania

New Caledonia

You must complete a travel certificate; however, there are no flight options from the UK

South Korea

All arrivals, regardless of nationality and length of stay, are required to be tested for coronavirus and to undergo quarantine for 14 days.

Closed to UK tourists

Europe

Finland

Finnish borders remain closed to non-resident foreign nationals entering the country, with some exemptions. From November 23, however, restrictions are being relaxed. VisitFinland.com explains: “Leisure travel will be possible from all EU and Schengen countries (including the UK) with infection rates above 25 per 100,000 persons [over the previous 14 days]. However, travellers from these countries will need to have proof on arrival in Finland of a negative Covid-19 test result no older than 72 hours. On arrival in Finland, visitors from these countries are placed in quarantine for 72 hours, after which they need to take a second test. After a second negative Covid-19 test result, the person can move around in Finland freely. If the visit to Finland lasts less than 72 hours, no quarantine or second test is required.”

Caribbean

Bonaire

British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands is planning to reopen its borders in October, but visitors will need to show evidence of a negative test and self-isolate for 14 days. 

Montserrat

St Kitts and Nevis

There are plans to reopen to tourism in October. A requirement for a pre-departure test is likely. 

Asia/Oceania

Australia

Brunei

Fiji

Hong Kong

Japan

Macao

Malaysia

New Zealand

Pitcairn

Singapore

Taiwan

Thailand

Vietnam

Africa/Indian Ocean

Mauritius

A phased reopening will begin in October. 

Seychelles

Visitors may only enter the Seychelles from countries deemed to be a low or medium risk. A list of approved countries can be found on Department of Health website. The UK is currently considered a high-risk country.