Quarantine: List of hassle-free countries you can visit without facing travel restrictions

Travellers’ holiday options may be slim this year, but there are plenty of hassle-free destinations still available. Yesterday, Portugal was removed from England’s travel corridor list. The latest quarantine update was largely expected after the country recorded a surge in coronavirus cases.

Other countries which were removed from the list include Hungary, French Polynesia and Réunion.

However, the Azores and Madeira remained on the quarantine exemption list, following the government’s decision to take a more “targeted” approach to the quarantine list.

There was further good news for travellers as Sweden was added to the “safe” list.

The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has been providing weekly updates on which countries will be removed and added to the travel corridor list.

Earlier this week, the government announced that several Greek islands would be axed from the list.

Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos (known as Zante) were all given the chop but mainland Greece remains on the list.

So, where can you travel to safely without any added hassle?

There are just 16 places across the world that you can visit safely with minimal restrictions on UK arrivals.

The list includes those that have no or limited quarantine rules and no requirement to provide evidence of a negative coronavirus test.

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Denmark has reported a spike in coronavirus cases recently with its case rate average now above the UK’s threshold of 20.

Although it remains on the list, it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Faroe Islands (visitors must take coronavirus test at airport on arrival)




This does not include Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos for England and Northern Ireland.

Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos are on Wales’ quarantine list.

If you are returning to Scotland from Greece, you will need to self-isolate on your return.

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Iceland is open to all tourists but arrivals must pay to be tested twice for coronavirus or self-isolate for 14 days on their arrival.

Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from the rules.





The Azores and Madeira are on the travel corridor list but you must quarantine for 14 days if you fly via mainland Portugal on your return to the UK.

Those visiting the Azores or Madeira must show proof of a negative coronavirus test not carried more than 72 hours before their arrival, or take a test when they arrive.

If you take a test when you arrive, you will be asked to wait for the results at their accommodation for up to 12 hours.

San Marino





Vatican City



Cuba was added to the travel corridor list on August 29.

Tourists can visit Cuba on international charter flights arriving directly into Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport); or Cayo Largo del Sur only.

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