Over 60 countries are currently available for Brits to visit on The summer is
here and for many that would usually mean a fortnight lounging around in some far-flung sunny resort.
But the coronavirus pandemic has meant that millions of people have been forced to rethink their holiday plans.
While the Prime Minister has encouraged people to take a ‘staycation’, many will still want some guaranteed summer sunshine.
But as Britain continues the slow crawl back to normality, many will be contemplating a trip abroad.
However, there are still rules about where people can visit. Is it safe to go on holiday? It is worth stating that the virus is still very much around.
Even countries like New Zealand, which claimed it had ‘effectively eliminated’ Covid-19, has since had a handful of cases and until there’s a vaccine, the threat of it resurging will linger.
But the levels in some countries are now very low. In fact, many have a much lower number of daily cases than Britain.
As such, non-essential trips can now be made to dozens of countries after the Government lifted an international travel ban.
What is the latest guidance? The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is the public authority that publishes the list of countries where British citizens may go or not during the pandemic period.
On July 4, it increased the number of countries and territories exempted from the ‘all-but-essential’ restriction, meaning those places are available for British tourists to go for ‘non-essential’ purpose – holidays, in other words. It also said there is no need to quarantine after visiting these countries, so long as you’re flying into England (there are different rules for Scotland, Wales and NI).
If you are planning a trip abroad this summer, you should consult this list, which will be updated following the pandemic situation developments. What countries can I visit? Currently, there are 66 countries exempted from the ‘all-but-essential’ travel list, but due to the fast-moving nature of Covid-19, that number can change quite quickly.
And that figure means travel to the majority of countries is still pretty much off-limits – however, a good chunk of the countries people would usually visit on holiday ARE on the list. For example, France, Croatia, Turkey and Germany are all on the list.
Both Spain and Italy – two of the worst-hit countries during the early part of the pandemic – also make the cut, as do most of the Caribbean islands. Further afield, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore are now considered safe by the FCO.
Be warned though, some ‘safe’ countries are currently heavily restricting people entering, most notably Australia and New Zealand.
Many are places nobody really visits for a holiday, but there are some really popular destinations where holidaying isn’t currently allowed.
Both the USA and Mexico – both currently suffering with thousands of daily cases – don’t make the list. And only trips to the Azores and Madeira are permitted for people visiting Portugal, with the rest of the country off-limits for now.
Trips to most of south-east Europe – Bulgaria, Romania, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania – are also not encouraged by the authorities. And South America and Africa are both totally off-limits.
For a full list of where you can – and can’t visit – visit here. The USA – which is not on the safe list – has almost 3.7m cases of Covid-19, as of July 17. There have also been more than 141,000 deaths.
Brazil has more than 2m cases, of which more than 76,000 people have died. There are more than 1m cases in India, which has seen more than 25,000 deaths.
Russia has seen more than 750,000 cases and 12,000 deaths. For context, the UK has seen around 292,000 cases and more than 45,000 deaths.
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