Brexit: Expert outlines potential travel changes for UK citizens
The summer holiday season was just about saved with the opening of so-called ‘travel corridors’ allowing Brits to take holidays to a variety of destinations across Europe and beyond. However, chances of a winter holiday have been precarious for some time now as the UK battles through its second wave of COVID-19.
The quarantine period has now been shortened from 14 days to ten days across all four nations of the UK, beginning on Saturday, December 12.
With the first vaccine being rolled out across the country, many are looking forward to life getting back to normal and being able to travel without restrictions once again.
While airlines are currently running flights, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has a string of travel advisories out against a heft number of countries across the world.
The Canary Islands is the latest casualty added to the quarantine list after a rise in cases.
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Where can I travel without quarantine?
According to the GOV website, the following list of places do not require you to quarantine upon re-entering the UK:
• Antigua and Barbuda
• the Azores
• Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba
• Botswana (arrivals before 4am, December 12 need to self-isolate)
• British Antarctic Territory
• British Indian Ocean Territory
• British Virgin Islands
• Cayman Islands
• the Channel Islands
• Falkland Islands
• Faroe Islands
• Federated States of Micronesia
• Greek islands: Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Zakynthos
• Hong Kong
• the Isle of Man
• Macao (Macau)
• New Caledonia
• New Zealand
• Northern Mariana Islands
• Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
• Saudi Arabia (arrivals before 4am 12 December need to self-isolate)
• Solomon Islands
• South Korea
• South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
• Sri Lanka
• St Barthélemy
• St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
• St Kitts and Nevis
• St Lucia
• St Pierre and Miquelon
• St Vincent and the Grenadines
• Turks and Caicos Islands
• United Arab Emirates
• US Virgin Islands
As you can see, very few close-by holiday destinations in Europe are not on this list.
If you do travel to any of these areas, you must not do the following upon your return for 14 days:
• Use taxis or public transport
• Go to work, school, or public areas
• Have visitors except for essential support
• Go out to buy food, or other essentials, if they can rely on others
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