Holidays have become increasingly more complicated in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has scuppered countless getaway plans – and shows no signs of easing any time soon. Many frustrated Britons are desperate to get away but a raft of travel restrictions makes jetting off on holiday a tricky business.
All in all, going away is no longer the stress-free break most hope for.
Incredibly, there are only eight counties Britons can currently travel to without any travel restrictions at all.
Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, mainland Greece, Gibraltar and San Marino are still safe options… for now.
Liechtenstein was previously a travel restriction-free option for Britons but, as of today, travellers who have visited the UK in the past 10 days will be required to quarantine for 10 days on entry to the principality.
What’s more, there are concerns Sweden and Poland may soon be added to the quarantine list as their COVID rate creeps up.
According to the latest figures from travel consultancy, The PC Agency, Turkey is the safest of the eight countries.
A seven-day rate of 20 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 is understood to be a key threshold for whether a country is removed from the FCO ‘safe’ list.
Turkey has a COVID rate of 14.1 at the time of writing and is the only country of the eight in the ‘green’ zone.
Germany has a slightly higher rate of 15.7, putting it at the bottom of the ‘amber’ zone.
Italy is also in the ‘amber’ zone with a rate of 19.4.
The remaining five are all in the ‘red’ zone.
Poland has a rate of 21.3, Greece 21.5 and Sweden 24.7.
Paul Charles, CEO of The PC Agency, today posted on Twitter that he is “closely watching Sweden, Poland, Greece and Italy this week for possible quarantine.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will issue any new travel corridor changes on Thursday.
In last week’s announcement, Curaçao, Denmark, Iceland and Slovakia were all axed from the ‘safe’ list.
The government warns of the list: “We will keep the conditions in these countries, territories and regions under review.
“If they worsen we will reintroduce self-isolation requirements.”
They also caution: “Countries, territories and regions can be taken off or added to this travel corridor list at any time.”
Singapore and Thailand were the latest countries to be added to the list on September 19.