English people can travel to and from a selection of 76 countries and territories as of tomorrow. As long as you haven’t visited or stopped off in any other country or territory in the last two weeks that isn’t on the list, you are fine to return to England without needing to quarantine. The Scottish Government has released a list of 57 countries Scots can travel to and from freely, but Wales and Northern Ireland have not published lists yet.
Where can I travel right now?
The devolved nations have different rules on where citizens can travel right now.
From tomorrow, you won’t need to self-isolate when you arrive in England if you are returning from one of the following countries or territories:
• Akrotiri and Dhekelia
• Antigua and Barbuda
• The Bahamas
• Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba
• British Antarctic Territory
• British Indian Ocean Territory
• British Virgin Islands
• Cayman Islands
• the Channel Islands
• Czech Republic
• Falkland Islands
• Faroe Islands
• French Polynesia
• Hong Kong
• the Isle of Man
• Macao (Macau)
• the Netherlands
• New Caledonia
• New Zealand
• Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
• San Marino
• South Korea
• South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
• St Barthélemy
• St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
• St Kitts and Nevis
• St Lucia
• St Pierre and Miquelon
• Trinidad and Tobago
• Turks and Caicos Islands
• Vatican City State
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There are still countries outside of this list, such as Portugal, who are letting Brits in.
However, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising against travel to these countries and you will need to quarantine when you return home.
You also would not get adequate travel insurance, since you would be travelling against the Government’s advice.
The reason why you don’t need to self-isolate for two weeks on return for the travel corridor countries is because they are covered by the travel corridor exemption.
You are also able to travel to areas within the common travel area– Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man– or British overseas territories.
This list may be updated in the next few days.
The lists are based on the Government’s rating of countries under a traffic light system.
The green and amber rated countries make up the respective travel corridor lists, but there are differences between the two.
The Scottish First Minister explained that cutting out some countries, such as Spain, was a “difficult decision”.
The reason Ms Sturgeon left out Spain is because Scotland has a lower prevalence than the rest of the UK.
She said: “Scotland’s position is a bit different from that of the UK as a whole.
“Across the UK, it is estimated that around 180 people in every 100,000 currently have covid.
“That’s higher than the 28 which is our central estimate for Scotland. And this is relevant to the decisions we take on the relaxation of quarantine.
“Amongst those countries that the UK Government has rated as amber, quite a few – including for example Denmark, Greece and the Netherlands – have a prevalence range which is lower than Scotland’s.
“However there are others, such as Spain in particular, that have a significantly higher prevalence.
“As reported by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, the prevalence of the virus in Spain is around 330 people in every 100,000 have covid.
“That means the rate reported for Spain, while less than twice the rate for the UK as a whole, is more than 10 times the estimated rate for Scotland.”