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Holidays have never been more urgently needed but never have they been harder to come by than during the coronavirus pandemic. The UK’s travel corridor list has taken British holidaymakers on a wild rollercoaster ride in recent months as countries are added and removed on a weekly basis. Getaways are not impossible, though, and there are still some hassle-free countries you can head to this winter.
Travel company Holiday Extras has identified twelve destinations that are both on the UK’s travel corridor list and won’t require Britons to quarantine on entry.
They can also be reached by direct flight or via a connecting airport that’s also on the travel corridor list (to again avoid quarantining upon return to the UK).
Full list of where you can go on holiday now
Antigua and Barbuda
Greece (only Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete)
St Kitts and Nevis
St Martin and St Barthelemy
Turks and Caicos
These nations do have their own covid regulations in place which travellers are urged to be aware of before they book.
The Foreign and Commonwealth (FCDO) explains their travel guidance in detail online.
Here are the travel restrictions you need to know for the twelve destinations.
Antigua and Barbuda
“All passengers 12 years and older arriving by air in Antigua and Barbuda, including those transiting the country, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than seven days before arrival,” said the FCDO.
“Further health screening is in place at VC Bird International Airport and the private jet terminal for all international arrivals.
“The measures are subject to change but may include mandatory temperature, travel history checks, a check on whether your accommodation is on the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List, completion of a Health Declaration Form and further testing for Coronavirus. You should expect long waiting times on arrival.”
The authority added: “In practice, tourists arriving from outside the region’s ‘travel bubble’ with pre-booked hotel accommodation from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List will normally be permitted to travel to their accommodation after screening and be allowed to move around the country providing they adhere to local social distancing measures.”
The FCDO detailed: “From November 14 until further notice, if you’re travelling to the Canary Islands and are booked into regulated tourist accommodation, you will be obliged to:
– produce an official, negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours earlier, when checking in to your accommodation
– download and activate the Radar COVID notification app throughout your stay on the islands, and for 15 days after your return home
“These measures apply to all guests aged 6 years and over unless they have proof of travel confirming their uninterrupted presence on the islands for the previous 15 days.”
“Everyone arriving into Cuba will have to complete a Health Declaration Form and have a PCR test,” clarified the FCDO. “Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately.
“Tourists arriving on holiday charter flights will be transferred to their hotels and will be briefed on further medical checks or testing with the hotel.
“Visitors arriving on commercial flights will have to self-isolate and have a further PCR test. On receipt of a second, negative PCR test result, you will no longer have to self-isolate.”
Covid tests are also required for Dubai. “Individuals travelling from the UK to Dubai now have the option to undertake a PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport,” said the FCDO.
“If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government-led facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation.”
The authority added: “In all circumstances, the test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure.”
No testing is needed for Gibraltar, however, as the FCDO explained: “If you are arriving on a flight at Gibraltar International Airport, you will need to fill in a passenger locator form online before you can pass through customs.”
Only Greek islands Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete are still on the travel corridor list after changes last week.
The Foreign Office detailed: “If f travelling by air, land or sea to Greece, and arriving on or after Wednesday 11 November 2020, you must provide evidence of a negative result from a PCR test for COVID-19 that has been conducted within the 72 hour period before your arrival time in Greece.”
You must also complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before your arrival in Greece.
Before you arrive in Madeira you need to complete and submit a traveller questionnaire 12 to 48 hours before departure.
Travellers also must take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before travel and upload the test result. On arrival, you will be subject to health screening.
“All tourists and short term visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival to Maldives,” said the FCDO. “The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure.”
All travellers to the Maldives must fill in a Traveller Health Declaration form 24 hours before departure to the Maldives and an Immigration Arrival Card on arrival.
The Foreign Office details the following conditions to enter the Seychelles :
– A COVID-19 test must be performed no more than 48 hours before departure and you must be able to demonstrate a negative test result on entry.
– Upon arriving in Seychelles, you must stay in a designated hotel/establishment and may not leave the premises for 5 days.
– Another COVID-19 test will be performed on the fifth day of your stay. Following a negative test result, visitors will be free to continue with their holiday in Seychelles, provided they follow the guidelines found on the Ministry for Tourism website. If your test result is positive, you will be required to stay in a designated ‘stay-safe’ until cleared by the Public Health Authority.
St Kitts and Nevis
“Before arrival, travellers from the UK must complete the entry form on the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis website and submit a negative PCR test completed within 72 hours of travel from an accredited laboratory,” said the FCDO.
“Arriving passengers will undergo a health screening at the airport, including a temperature check and a health questionnaire. They must download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app, which is to be used for the first 14 days of travel.
“There is a list of approved hotels for international travellers and protocols which set out what visitors are able to do during the first two weeks of their stay. PCR tests will need to be taken at the visitor’s expense on days 7 and 14 of the stay.”
St Martin and St Barthelemy
“All travellers over the age of 11 must undertake a test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure for St Martin & St Barthélemy,” clarified the FCDO. “The test is obligatory and the traveller must show proof of a negative result before embarking.
“Travellers must also provide a self -certified document affirming that they have no COVID symptoms and that to their knowledge they have not been in contact with any person confirmed positive within the last 14 days.”
Turks and Caicos
The Foreign Office explained: “Anyone arriving to the Turks and Caicos Islands is required to obtain pre-travel authorisation via the Turks and Caicos Islands Assured Portal.
“This requires evidence of a negative COVID-19 test from a reputable facility taken less than five days prior to arrival in the Turks and Caicos Islands, proof of health/travel insurance with COVID-19 cover and a completed health screening questionnaire.”
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