Travel experts have suggested that the UK Government deems a country unsafe to go to if their infection rate is more than 20 per 100,000. The UK’s infection rate is currently at 17.3 per 100,000, and last night France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos and Aruba were added to the quarantine list.
France’s infection rate jumped from 18 to 30 cases per 100,000 this week, and Malta’s cases per 100,000 also rose to 61 per 100,000, ruling out both countries as holiday destinations.
The Netherlands is also off the travel corridor list since its infection rate is now at 34 per 100,000, and Aruba is in the same boat after seeing a 1,106 percent rise in cases in the past week.
Boris Johnson has said the Government “won’t hesitate” to enforce more restrictions on the UK, and has shown that any country can be added to the travel ban list at short notice.
For example, it was announced three weeks ago that from July 27 those arriving from Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, would need to quarantine.
Brits abroad in Spain were allowed to return home as normal but would need to self isolate for 14 days on return.
UK citizens abroad in the countries axed from the travel corridor list last night will need to make their way home before Saturday at 4am to avoid self isolation.
So where is safe to travel to right now? While you can travel to any country listed on the travel corridor list, it is wise to visit countries with a lower infection rate to avoid needing to come home if rules are likely to change.
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Where can I travel to now?
For a while, Cyprus and Croatia were being discussed as two of the safer countries to visit during a pandemic.
However, Cyprus’ infection rate is at 24 cases per 100,000, and Croatia’s is at 20 per 100,000.
This means both countries are at risk of being moved from the safe list to the quarantine list.
The safest places to visit right now are countries with an infection rate below 20 per 100,000.
We’ve compiled a list of some of these countries and explained the basics about the rules you’ll need to follow.
Italy was the first European country to really suffer from the coronavirus pandemic, with a staggering 6,557 cases reported on March 21.
However, the country has managed to keep its infection rates vey low since lockdown was eased in June.
As of August 13, the country’s infection rate is 8.4 per 100,000.
Rules vary from region to region, but masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces. In some areas, you must wear a mask in even outdoor public spaces.
Across the country, social distancing has been reduced to one metre.
Some of the safer regions with less rules include Sardinia, Calabria, Molise, Basilicata.
Rates are improving in Veneto, and even Italy’s iconic cities such as Rome and Florence could be good choices.
Northern Italy’s coronavirus hotspot, Lombardy, as well as Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna may be places to avoid due to stricter guidelines for tourists and citizens.
You will need to complete a self-declaration form before you travel to Italy and provide this to your airline or to the border police if you are stopped for checks.
Germany has also managed to keep its infection rate lower than the UK’s at 15.3 per 100,000.
Germany has been exempt from the FCO advice against non-essential international travel since July 4.
There are now no general COVID-19-related restrictions on entry into Germany from elsewhere in the EU and this includes the UK.
There will be no heightened checks on Germany’s borders when you fly or drive to Germany.
Social distancing rules apply everywhere in Germany, and you’ll need to wear a face mask in shops and on public transport.
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Austria is another European country with low infection rates that you could travel to without needing to quarantine.
The country currently has an infection rate of 19.4 per 100,000.
Yesterday, the country reported only 155 cases and just 73 cases on Monday.
The process of visiting to Austria is simple and you can enter the country from the UK without taking a coronavirus test.
Fabric face masks are compulsory on public transport, in enclosed public spaces, and for services where social distancing is not possible.
You must keep at least a metre apart from other people where possible.
Greece has an infection rate of 18.5 per 100,000.
The country has seen a sharp increase in cases in the last few weeks, but the country still only reported 235 new cases yesterday.
Travelling to Greece is a little more complicated, since you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before travel.
If you don’t, you could be fined 500 Euro on arrival or may not be allowed to enter the country.
You may also be required to undergo testing for the virus as part of a health screening.
If this happens, you will need to social distance and self-monitor for symptoms until the test results come back. This should be done within 24 hours.
If you test positive, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Crete, Santorini, Naxos, and Halkidiki are all popular and safe destinations.
Athens, Thessaloniki, Evia, Lesvos, Zodanig, and the Attica region are less safe.
There are also local restrictions on the island of Poros.
Across Greece, you need to wear a face mask on public transport, at airports, and in public indoor spaces.
Norway has an infection rate of than 11.5 per 100,000, with just 66 cases reported yesterday.
There are no restrictions on travel within Norway, so you’re free to do a tour of the country.
Social distancing guidance remains in force, but you won’t be required to wear a face mask if you are travelling from the UK.
When you arrive in Norway, you won’t be tested or have to fill out a form.
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