The UK government has released a list of countries designated safe for travel which won’t require us to quarantine when we return, and dropped its blanket Foreign Office advice against all non-essential travel.
The quarantine-free destinations list will come as a relief for those of us eager to pack our bags once again, and the wider travel industry as a whole which has been devastated by 2020’s lockdown restrictions.
The easing of restrictions currently only applies to England.
“Lifting of travel restrictions is the lifeline the UK economy needs right now,” says Geoffrey Kent, founder and co-chairman of travel company Abercrombie & Kent. “While not only injecting cash into a ravaged travel industry, it’s an essential step in lifting the mood of the nation. We need more destination-specific guidance so that Brits can make informed decisions.”
Kent says A&K is seeing an 80 per cent increase in enquiries for European villas and anticipate other holidays closer to home on the continent will do well. This is exactly what the travel industry needs…”
Recent talk of a traffic light ranking system, green, amber or red indicating their Covid-19 risk, appears to have been abandoned, at least for the time being.
You’ll find the full list below. There are some notable exceptions. Portugal is currently off the ‘safe’ list, as is Spain, Africa, the US, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Ireland is exempt as part of the common travel area, along with the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
The UK Government Safe Travel country list in full
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
St Kitts and Nevis
St Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago