English travellers are currently able to visit a select number of countries without facing a 14-day quarantine, under plans first announced in July by the Government.
What’s the latest news?
- Italy will be removed from the exemption list at 4am on October 18. If you return from Italy after this time you must self-isolate
- Crete will return to the list on the same date, meaning travellers who arrive in the UK after 4am on Oct 18 will no longer-need to self-isolate
- Travellers who return from the Greek islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Santorini and Zakynthos after 4am on October 10 will no longer need to self-isolate
The full list
The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps provides weekly updates on which countries the Government has abandoned its quarantine policy for. They are:
Antigua and Barbuda
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin 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 Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and the Grenadines
*will be removed at 4am on Oct 18 – including Vatican City and San Marino
I’m returning from a country not on the list. What are the quarantine rules?
If you return to the UK from a country that is not on the travel corridor list you must self-isolate.
When you get home, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
You must also show proof of a completed passenger locator form at the UK border. You may be refused permission to enter the UK (if you are not a British citizen), or fined if you do not provide your contact details or fail to self-isolate.
If you travel from an exempt country but have been in a country that is not exempt within the past 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for the remainder of the 14 days since you were in a non-exempt country. If you transit through a country that is not exempt you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
For example, if you arrive in the UK from a country that is exempt, but you travelled to the exempt country four days ago from a country that is not exempt, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. If you’re travelling to the UK for less than 10 days you will need to self-isolate for the duration of your visit.