Full list of countries holidaymakers can now visit without quarantine on return

The full list of countries that you can go on holiday to and return to England without the need to quarantine has been revealed.

Countries including Spain, France, Italy and Germany are now on the list of places Brits can enjoy a summer holiday this year.

People arriving from these four countries will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days.

Currently Spain, Germany and Italy have no quarantine rules on arriving Brits, and France’s is only voluntary.

However, the agreement is only one-way.

That means holidaymakers could find themselves forced to quarantine when they arrive at their holiday destination.



Holidaymakers will be able to visit Spain and not have to quarantine on their return to England

Announcing the list on Twitter, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, said: “Air Bridges (international travel corridors) will allow travel to England without 14-day quarantine from 10 July from the countries & territories in this OFFICIAL list I’ve  published here.”

The air bridge announcement has been mired in chaos after Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could not be persuaded to sign up.

The split means those arriving into the other three nations of the UK must still follow the quarantine rules, at least for now.

And it opens up a bizarre loophole in which people could technically fly in and out of an English airport, then drive across the border.



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The full list of countries are;

Andorra

Germany

New Zealand

Antigua and Barbuda

Greece

Norway

Aruba

Greenland

Poland

Australia

Grenada Réunion

Austria

Guadeloupe

San Marino

Bahamas

Hong Kong

Serbia

Barbados

Hungary

Seychelles

Belgium

Iceland

South Korea

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Italy

Spain

Croatia

Jamaica

St Barthélemy

Curaçao

Japan

St Kitts and Nevis

Cyprus

Liechtenstein

St Lucia

Czech Republic

Lithuania

St Pierre and Miquelon

Denmark

Luxembourg

Switzerland

Dominica Macau

Taiwan

Faroe Islands

Malta

Trinidad and Tobago

Fiji

Mauritius

Turkey

Finland

Monaco

Vatican City

France

Netherlands

Vietnam

French Polynesia

New Caledonia

People in England will also be able to fly to countries such as New Zealand, but will be forced to quarantine on arrival.

Ireland is already exempt as part of the common travel area, as are the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and the government are also exempting the 14 British Overseas Territories including the British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands and Gibraltar.

The guidance says: “We will keep the conditions in these countries and territories under review.

“If they worsen we will not hesitate to reintroduce self-isolation requirements.

“Travellers should always check the latest FCO travel advice.”

Nations have been rated by the centre on the prevalence of COVID-19, the trajectory of the disease and the reliability of data.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps boasted the change was “good news for British people and great news for British businesses.”

He said: “The entire nation has worked tirelessly to get to this stage.

“Therefore safety must remain our watch word and we will not hesitate to move quickly to protect ourselves if infection rates rise in countries we are reconnecting with.”

Since mid-March, the Foreign Office has warned against all non-essential travel overseas due to the pandemic.

But now the advice has been updated to exempt a number of countries from July 4.

The FCO website says: “From 4 July our travel advice will change, with exemptions for travelling to certain countries that no longer pose a high risk for British travellers.

“We are monitoring the international situation very closely and keeping this advice under constant review so that it reflects our latest assessment of risks to British people. 

“We take a range of factors into account. For coronavirus,  this includes  the incidence rate and the resilience of healthcare provision in each country.”

Earlier in the day Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon blasted “shambolic” Boris Johnson for the way he has managed the air bridge plans.

Speaking during the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, she said: “When so much is at stake as it is right now we can’t allow ourselves to be dragged along in the wake of, to be quite frank about it, another government’s shambolic decision process.”

“We want to welcome visitors again from around the world and we also want to allow our own citizens to travel.



“We also want, if possible for obvious practical reasons, to have alignment on these matters with the rest of the UK.”

She said it has been “really challenging” for Scotland to come to a position on the UK Government proposals with speed.

But she said that it is “very likely” that the Scottish Government will be able to agree the low-risk countries on the air bridge list over the next few days.

Nicola Sturgeon said it had been “really quite challenging for Scotland to come to a position” on UK Government proposals to lift quarantine restrictions on those flying into the county from other parts of the world.

She said there were “difficult and complex” decisions to be made, and added: “Just to illustrate the point (on) the shifting sands of the UK Government’s position – the list of countries that they were yesterday demanding that the Scottish Government sign up to, and suggesting we were a barrier to getting an agreement on, is not the same as the list they have shared with us today.”

The long-anticipated announcement has been welcomed by the travel industry, which has suffered huge losses.

Ahead of the announcement, airlines and travel firms announced cheap deals to lure nervous Brits back.

But holidays will look very different with mandatory temperature checks expected at airports.

At Gatwick Airport, face mask vending machines has been introduced which sell four masks for £3.

And pre-booked airport security slots are being tested at Manchester Airport, in which passengers can reserve a free 15-minute window to use a dedicated lane taking them directly to a checkpoint.

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