Turbulent” is probably the word that best sums up the collective experience of the travel industry in 2020.
After the coronavirus pandemic shut down tourism worldwide, countries tentatively began opening up to visitors again, the UK included.
The government introduced a blanket quarantine for arrivals, but followed this up with the concept of travel corridors – destinations where travellers were exempt from two weeks of mandatory self-isolation on return.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Office (FCDO) issued its own list of countries that it deemed “low risk”, and therefore were exempt from its advisory against all non-essential international travel.
The lists have changed considerably since they were first published in July, and continue to be updated on a weekly basis by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
For now, all international holidays are banned for residents of England and Wales. But when restrictions ease and leisure travel is possible again, here are the destinations you could feasibly visit.
The below countries are all on the Department for Transport’s list of travel corridors, meaning travellers need not quarantine when they arrive back into the UK. Some may require testing in advance or on arrival, while a small number of days of self-isolation may also be necessary until a visitor receives a second negative test result for Covid-19. This list will be updated regularly.
Antigua and Barbuda
Visitors must complete a Health Declaration Form and will be subject to a health screening upon arrival into the country (including temperature and travel history checks, plus a possible second Covid-19 test).