In the midst of the coronavirus, where’s safe to travel?
Since early January, our newsfeeds and TV screens have been on coronavirus alert. The majority of the world has now been hit by the virus, with many regions battling a second wave. With border closures, airline cancellations, and quarantined areas, it’s left the public concerned for their health, but also for their travel plans. We’ll be listing the holiday destinations that are safe to travel to without quarantine, as well as any new travel procedures you might face.
What countries don’t require quarantine?
If you’re looking for an easy beach holiday from the UK, Southern Cyprus is a great destination that’s safe to travel to. There is currently no self-isolation or quarantine needed for Brits going or coming back from Cyprus, however, there are some rules you must follow before being allowed into the country. To travel to Cyprus from the UK you must have a negative result COVID-19 test from a private tester (not the NHS) what must be done within 72 hours of your flight. You will also have to complete a Cyprus Flight Pass within 24 hours of your flight.
If it’s a city break you’re after, Germany offers many great sites and has its borders open for UK citizens with some restrictions. As the new three-tier lockdown has come into effect in the UK, regions classed as high risk are required to quarantine for 14 days once in Germany unless a private negative COVID-19 test is shown – this has to have been done within 72 hours of arrival into Germany. Regions in the UK that are not in high-risk areas are free to travel into Germany and back to the UK without a COVID test or any quarantine or self-isolation.
Another great city break destination is Italy, and it’s restrictions for UK citizens are quite low-level. Like most other regions open to the UK, you will need a private negative COVID-19 test that’s within 72 hours old of entering Italy, however, you can also wait until you arrive into Italy and get a fast result test done at the airport; you won’t be able to leave the airport until the results are back and if you test positive you will be placed into quarantine for a period of 10-21 days depending on circumstances. You also have to phone the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are travelling to within 48 hours of your trip to inform them of your visit. There are currently no quarantine rules for UK citizens travelling back from Italy into the UK and so is safe to travel to.
Greece – except Crete and Mykonos
You are now allowed to visit Greece with the exception of Crete and Mykonos without any quarantine there and back if you are a UK citizen. You must fill out an online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before your arrival into Greece which will give you a QR code that you will need to have readily available through your mobile or printed out; you will have to show this QR code multiple times in the airports and failure to do so will result in a fine and/or refusal into the country. When you arrive in Greece you may be required to have a COVID-19 test but are allowed to continue your journey from the airport to your accommodation. Your results will be available from 24 hours after the test and if you test positive you will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Cuba is great for anyone looking for a mixture of city exploring and beach lounging and is one of the destinations that are safe to travel to for UK citizens. According to the Cuban Government, tourists are allowed to travel on international charter flights into Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Largo del Sur and Varadero. Tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos and Varadero will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test and anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately. There is no other regulations or requirements for entering these destinations in Cuba and there is no self-isolation period for UK citizens returning from Cuba.
Is it safe to travel?
This really does depend on your personal preferences and where you’re travelling to and from. Within the UK there are talks of a second wave, potential second lockdown, and currently a new three-tier lockdown scheme. Countries and regions are being added and taken off the safe to travel list on the daily, so it’s up to you if you want to risk booking a trip as your destination might end up on the no-fly list before you set off – or even worse, while you’re on your holiday! Before booking any holiday remember to do your research on the country’s COVID rules so you don’t break any laws and keep yourself safe.