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Which countries are on the UK quarantine exemption list?

Travellers will not need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival from these destinations.

After much anticipation, the UK government finally revealed on 3 July which destinations would be removed from the quarantine list. Previously, all arrivals in the UK were expected to self-quarantine for 14 days, but the new announcement means that as of 10 July, arrivals from 59 countries will not face the same restrictions upon entry in England.

On 24 July, the government announced that five new countries would be added to the list from the 28 July: Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Note: since the original announcement, the following countries have been removed from the list: Andorra, the Bahamas, Belgium, Luxembourg and Spain.

Italy countries UK quarantine exemption list
Italy is one of the countries on the exemption list © dave, Shutterstock

While this is good news for prospective holidaymakers, the change is a far cry from the expected ‘air bridges’ that were originally tipped to be in the pipeline. Many of the destinations included on the list still require visitors from the UK to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, which essentially keeps them off-limits for British travellers for the time being.

Keeping abreast of the ongoing border situation is a tough one, so we’ve done the hard work for you. Here are the border restraints for all countries on the list.

Countries with no restrictions for UK travellers:

Antigua and Barbuda (All visitors subject to COVID test on arrival; government can require visitors to enter government-provided quarantine for between seven and 14 days)

Aruba

Barbados (Negative Covid-19 test required on entry)

Croatia

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Faroe Islands

France (although voluntary quarantine is advised)

French Polynesia

Germany

Greece

Greenland

Guadeloupe

Iceland (All visitors subject to COVID test on arrival)

Italy

Jamaica (All visitors subject to COVID test on arrival)

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Malta

Monaco

Netherlands

Poland

San Marino

Slovakia

Slovenia

St Barthélemy (All visitors subject to COVID test on arrival)

St Lucia (must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of boarding)

St Pierre and Miquelon

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Switzerland

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Vatican City

Countries with quarantine restrictions for UK travellers on arrival:

Austria (alternatively proof of a negative COVID PCR test can be shown on arrival)

Bahamas

Hungary

South Korea

Countries that remain closed for UK travellers:

Australia

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Curaçao

Cyprus

Dominica (until 8 August)

Fiji (unless you’re a billionaire)

Finland

Grenada (until 1 August)

Hong Kong

Japan

Lithuania

Macau

Mauritius

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Norway

Réunion

Seychelles

St Kitts and Nevis

Taiwan

Vietnam

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