Holidays: More destinations open to Britons including the Maldives & Czech Republic

Britons can now enjoy breaks abroad thanks to the government’s list of approved countries. The countries on the government’s approved list include British favourites such as Spain and France, but not yet Portugal. Czech Republic and the Maldives are now open to Britons and tourists but only one is allowing Britons to visit and not isolate on their return.

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The Maldives

The stunning islands are known for its stunning white beaches, transparent waters and beautiful apartments.

The Maldives reopened to international tourists on July 15.

Britons will not have to quarantine on arrival or present a negative coronavirus test.

The Maldives are excluded from FCO advice against all but essential travel.

However, the country has not been included on the UK government’s “air bridge” list.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website reads: “Effective from 15 July, the ban on entry into Maldives for anyone who has left or transited the UK in the last 14 days has been lifted.”

It added: “Screening procedures are in place for passengers on arrival, with quarantine facilities set up to isolate any suspected cases of COVID-19.

“All non-tourist passengers arriving in Maldives by air (such as residents and returning students) are required to self-isolate for 14 days.”

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Other countries are also allowed to visit the Maldives.

“These restrictions have also been lifted for people who have in the last 14 days been to mainland China (not including Hong Kong), Iran, South Korea (North Gyeongsang and South Gyeongsang provinces), Italy, Bangladesh, Spain, Germany (the federal states of Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg), France (Île-de-France and Grand Est regions), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.”

But cruises are still banned from entering and docking in the Maldives.

“Entry of all safari boats, yachts and other passenger vessels arriving to Maldives from an overseas location is restricted indefinitely”, the website added.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic may not be a holiday hotspot of choice but it is a beautiful country with plenty to offer Britons.

The country’s capital of Prague is home to some beautiful sights including a castle, a cathedral and Prague’s Charles Bridge.

It’s also relatively affordable once you get there.

Prague’s Old Town square and Wenceslas Square still has buildings which date back to the 10th century.

The FCO declared the Czech Republic as “exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel” from July 4.

The FCO continued: “There are currently no restrictions in place on entering the Czech Republic if you are travelling from the UK.”

It added: “If you are travelling from a country not considered to be low risk by the Czech government, you are only allowed to enter the Czech Republic for limited, specific purposes.”

Katarina Hobbs, head of CzechTourism UK & Ireland, stated: “We are really excited about the fact that Czech Republic borders are now open to the British tourists and that our country also got on to the list of air bridges too.

“It’s been a long few months since this terrible pandemic.

“Now we are ready to welcome tourists back again.”

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