Even traveling to countries considered safe does not guarantee that you will not have to isolate yourself, with “travel lanes” being removed with only 48 hours notice, which means that many people will not have been in. able to reorganize their travel plans.
Despite the changing rules, airlines still serve many countries even though they have been added to the coronavirus quarantine list.
From London Luton Airport, passengers can still book flights to Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam and Barcelona – despite the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advising against non-essential travel to these locations.
Many of these countries are still open to visitors and the FCO does not currently advise vacationers to return immediately.
However, you should be aware that it is unlikely that you will be covered by your travel insurance if you travel against the advice of the FCO.
So what should you do if you are traveling to a country on the UK’s quarantine list, including Spain, Croatia, and the Netherlands? What happens if the country is added to the 14 day quarantine rules?
The latest tips for traveling to countries on the UK quarantine list:
France was removed from the list of exempt countries on August 15, following an increase in cases.
The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to France (including Corsica) and has added it to the quarantine list.
However, those still in the country are not urged to leave immediately and should follow the advice of local authorities.
This includes compulsory masks on public transport and in closed public spaces, but also on busier streets and in tourist hotspots.
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For those traveling to France from the UK, no quarantine is required, but you will need to complete a self-certifying ‘affidavit’ form that you do not suffer from symptoms associated with Covid-19 and no. have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the previous fortnight.
If you have or are due to return from France after August 15, you may need to self-isolate, as well as provide your travel and contact details when you return to the UK.
Spain was one of the first countries to be removed from the list of travel corridors on July 27, following an increase in cases in some cities on the continent.
The FCO still advises against all non-essential travel within the country, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.
If you come back from Spain you will need to self-isolate when you return to the UK, but the FCO does not advise you to cut your vacation short.
For those arriving in Spain, you will not need to quarantine but you will have to follow three conditions:
- Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with the mandatory contact details and any history of exposure to Covid-19 48 hours before travel
- Temperature control
- A visual health assessment
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Mr Shapps MP has warned that travel to Spain and France could not resume anytime soon after both countries see an increase in cases.
He told LBC: “For the moment, I’m afraid that France and Spain were wrong.
“So just to put numbers on that, we respond when there are about 20 cases per 100,000 people measured on a seven-day moving average. So 20 is the number to keep in mind.
“I think the last time I saw Spain was in the 1940s and 1950s, so far away, and France, which… quarantined since last weekend, I afraid to say that we were right to do so because we have seen cases continue to continue in France as well.
“And to put a country back in the travel corridor, what we’re saying is that it has to stay below that number for a few cycles. A cycle therefore lasts two weeks for the coronavirus. “
The Netherlands was removed from the list of travel corridors on August 15, meaning anyone returning to the UK after visiting the country will need to be quarantined.
The government is not asking UK visitors to leave immediately, but those who stay to complete their holidays or plan to visit the country will need to follow local advice to help prevent the spread of the virus.
There is no need to quarantine on arrival in the Netherlands – although if you are from Leicester or a local locked out area you are advised to self-isolate for 10 days – but you will need to complete an online entry form in advance, including your contact details and address for the duration of your stay.
Croatia was added to the quarantine list on August 22, which means anyone returning to the UK after visiting the country will need to be quarantined.
The government is not asking UK visitors to leave the country immediately, but is making it clear that all who arrive will need to be quarantined.
Those who stay to complete their vacation or plan to visit the country will need to follow local advice to help prevent the spread of the virus.
In Croatia, it is compulsory for passengers to wear face masks on public transport and taxis, as well as in shops and other business premises.
There is no need to quarantine on arrival in Croatia, but you will need to complete an online registration form in advance, including your contact details and address for the duration of your stay.
Advice on travel to Austria changed on August 22, following an increase in cases.
UK visitors are not required to return immediately, but will now need to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in the UK.
Those who stay to complete their vacation or plan to visit the country should follow local advice.
For those arriving in Austria, there are no specific requirements and a test is no longer necessary – however, if you have been in another country within 10 days of arriving in Austria, you may need to be self-isolating or show a negative Covid-19. test.
Which countries are currently included in ‘travel lanes’ and not on the UK quarantine list?
The government currently advises against “near essential” international travel, but there is a list of countries that are exempt from this notice.
These countries were chosen because they “have been assessed as no longer presenting an unacceptable risk to Britons traveling abroad”.
However, the FCO adds: “No trip is without risk and disruption is always possible,” while Transport Secretary and Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps said “only travel if you settle for an unexpected quarantine of 14 days if necessary ”.
Travelers arriving from the following countries are currently exempt from quarantine upon arrival in Britain:
L’Europe : Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey,
Americas: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martiniqu, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis , Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, St Martin and St Barthélemy, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines,
Asia Pacific: Australia, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Samoa, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna,
Africa: Reunion, St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Antarctic: British Antarctic Territory
However, some countries included in this list have their own restrictions – including Australia, which still bars international visitors from entering the country.
Visitors are advised to check before making their reservations and prior to travel.