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Holidays are a messy business these days. Many of Britain’s favourite holiday destinations now come with strict quarantine rules. Incredibly there are now only two countries which have no entry restrictions at all and no quarantine requirements on return to the UK. The number has been shrinking over recent weeks as more countries introduce strict rules and the UK adapts its travel corridor list.
At the moment, Britons can only travel to Sweden and Gibraltar without any travel hindrances. This is the latest travel advice.
Sweden is exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel.
“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks,” said the FCDO.
The country was added to the ‘safe’ list on September 12.
Sweden has no coronavirus-related restrictions in place, however, travel between Sweden and the UK is limited.
The FCDO warned: “Travel options to and from Sweden are significantly reduced due to coronavirus related restrictions.
“There are limited direct flights available between Stockholm and London. Airlines have reduced other international flights to and from Stockholm and Gothenburg.”
Accommodation remains open in Sweden and domestic travel is not limited.
Gibraltar is exempt from the FCDO advice against all non-essential international travel.
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory on Spain’s south coast.
Some administration is required, however. “All travellers must complete an online contact tracing passenger locator form and inform the authorities if you have been in a ‘relevant area’ (does not include the UK) in the 14 days before your arrival in Gibraltar,” explained the FCDO.
“All arrivals from ‘relevant areas’ must self-isolate for five days, and be swabbed on day one and five of arrival into Gibraltar.
“If you are arriving on a flight at Gibraltar International Airport, you will need to fill in a passenger locator form online before you can pass through customs.”
Other partially-open countries
Greece and Cuba are also open to Britons without quarantine or restrictions, but only partially.
Germany is also an option – but only if you’re travelling from a low-risk area of the UK.
After Crete is officially removed from the quarantine list on October 18, self-isolation requirements will only apply to travellers from Mykonos.
The Foreign Office advice stated: “The FCDO continues to advise against all but essential travel to Mykonos. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
“Mainland Greece and all other Greek islands are exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel.”
Tourists can only enter Cuba on international charter flights arriving directly into specific areas.
These are: 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, and Varadero.
All other commercial and charter flights remain suspended.
Entry restrictions apply if you come from any high-risk areas in the UK – you will need to quarantine for 14 days and take a COVID-19 test – but not if you’re from a low-risk region.
The FCDO stated: “There are currently COVID-19-related restrictions on entry into Germany from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, North East England, North West England and Yorkshire & the Humber.
“From 11pm BST on October 16 there will also be restrictions for those travelling from the Midlands.”
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