/Finally revealed: 59 countries where the 14-day quarantine wont apply

Finally revealed: 59 countries where the 14-day quarantine wont apply


Published on Friday, July 3, 2020

The Government has finally confirmed the list of countries where travel restrictions have been relaxed.

The list includes all the countries where the Government deems it is no longer necessary to impose a 14-day quarantine for returning travellers.

However, the relaxations currently only apply to those who are arriving back to England. They don’t apply to anyone arriving back into Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he hoped there was still time for the rest of the UK to implement the same changes.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has also updated its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ international travel to exempt certain destinations that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk of Covid-19 from July 4.

Under the new scheme, countries will be classed as either green, amber or red, depending on their levels of coronavirus.

While Green countries, such as New Zealand, will have no restrictions, amber countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain, will have ‘reciprocal arrangements’ in place, meaning travellers from the UK will not have to quarantine on arrival.

Restrictions will remain in place for ‘red’ countries, including the US.

Despite Transport Secretary Grant Shapps saying this morning that Greece would not be on the list, the destination has been included, although it is not allowing UK flights until July 15.

Portugal, however, is not included – only the Azores and Madeira.

Ireland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are already exempt. The Government will also be exempting 14 British Overseas Territories.

On the list are:
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belgium
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Croatia
Curaçao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Faroe Islands
Fiji
Finland
France
French Polynesia
Germany
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Malta
Mauritius
Monaco
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Réunion
San Marino
Serbia
Seychelles
South Korea
Spain
St Barthélemy
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Pierre and Miquelon
Switzerland
Taiwan
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Vatican City
Vietnam

The Government said this list may be added to over the coming days following further discussions between the UK and international partners.

Information for travel into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be published in due course by the Devolved Administrations.

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