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Many popular holiday destinations have been and gone from the safe travel list, including the early exclusions of France and Spain which caused chaos for holidayers across Europe. ’Safe travel corridors’ opened up at the beginning of July just in time for the summer holiday season, following a respite from the first wave of COVID-19 across the UK and Europe.
Since then, the list has shrunk considerably, with many of the main destinations for a summer break removed from the travel list.
Now, many destinations UK travellers can visit are outside of Europe – so if you are looking for a trip you may have to look further afield.
Removal from the safe travel corridor means if you return from that country after the cut-off date, you must self isolate for 14 days.
You must also be able to show proof of a completed passenger locator form when you arrive at the UK border.
There are now only eight countries Brits can travel to without restrictions on either side.
What are the latest changes?
Removed in September 26: Curaçao, Denmark, Iceland and Slovakia.
Removed on September 19: Slovenia and Guadeloupe.
Added on September 19: Singapore and Thailand.
Which countries can I travel to?
The countries you can travel to without restrictions on either side are:
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The latest list of safe places to travel to from England is:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
British Antarctic Territory
British Virgin Islands
the Channel Islands
Greece – except:
the Isle of Man
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia St Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and the Grenadines
The devolved nations have some of their own additions to the list – if you are in Scotland or Wales, check with your Government to see if any extras have been added or removed.
Much of Europe is now experiencing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases in line with the cooling weather and flu season.
Many countries have locked down in some capacity or another or imposed restrictions on citizens.
In the UK, there is currently a limit on social groups meeting and a nationwide hospitality curfew.
The UK has had 42,000 COVID-19 deaths so far in the pandemic, and the worldwide death rate has now passed one million.
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