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COVID-19: Our Ultimate Guide To Where You Can Go On Holiday

The recent easing of lockdown measures both at home and abroad, as well as various countries lifting quarantine period rules upon arrival, has seen many holidaymakers book their next trip overseas.

A full list of destinations exempt for the UK’s quarantine regulations was published just a few weeks ago, and featured many of the places most popular with British tourists, but perhaps you’re still a little confused as to what this all means and what you should expect If you were to jet away.

Well, here at icelolly.com, we want to make the holiday searching process as easy and hassle free as possible, which is why we’ve compiled this ultimate guide to where Britons can go on holiday, the exact quarantine rulings, and what to actually expect when you’re there.

Please note, all information listed below is correct at the time of publishing. You should always refer to the UK government’s latest advice before travelling.

Spain

Do I need to self-isolate upon arrival?

No.

Do I need to self-isolate when returning back to the UK?

Yes. It has been announced that from Sunday 26th July, UK travellers returning from Spain will have to self isolate for a period of 14 days upon arrival back on these shores.

What restrictions are being imposed?

Should you be visiting Spain, and as with this country, people must maintain social distancing when in public and visitors have also been subject to temperature checks upon arrival into the country. Different parts of Spain do have differing rules when it comes to the use of face masks however, such as the Andalusia region for example where masks are compulsory at all times when out of your accommodation, though other areas have slightly more relaxed measures in place.

Where can I stay?

Capacity limits are in place to ensure social distancing can be followed, but hotels, hostels, campsites and the like are all open for business.

Are the tourist attractions open?

Most types of public attractions are open such as theatres, cinemas, restaurants, bars, water parks and zoos, though again at reduced capacity. It’s best to book ahead if you plan to visit somewhere or something popular, just to be on the safe side.

How can I get there?

The vast majority of British travellers tend to visit Spain by air, however it is also possible to enter via car or ferry. Most of the major airlines recently resumed flights back to Spain, though you should wear a face mask when flying and you’ll also be required to fill in a health card as well as possibly undergo temperature checks.



Greece

Do I need to self-isolate upon arrival?

No.

Do I need to self-isolate when returning back to the UK?

No.

What restrictions are being imposed?

Britons have been permitted entry into Greece again since mid-July, however visitors will be asked to complete a COVID-19 test upon arrival and self-isolate until it comes back negative. Generally this will be within 24 hours.

Social distancing is expected to be followed and face masks should be worn on public transport and other closed spaces.

Where can I stay?

As with Spain, hotels, campsites and other accommodation are now open.

Are the tourist attractions open?

Limited capacity restrictions are in place but cafes, restaurants, shops and the like are now reopen. This also applies to beaches and swimming pools as well as museums, zoos and theme parks.

How can I get there?

Given the country was slightly later to reopen its borders back up to Brits than some others, flights initially were limited, however all of the major airlines are gradually adding Greece’s most popular resorts back to their schedule.



Turkey

Do I need to self-isolate upon arrival?

No.

Do I need to self-isolate when returning back to the UK?

No.

What restrictions are being imposed?

When travelling to Turkey, you will be required to complete a form before arrival, whilst face masks must be worn in crowded places and when taking public transport.

Where can I stay?

The most popular type of accommodation for Brits visiting Turkey is all inclusive resorts, which are open, though you may find slightly reduced availability than normal with demand high and some running at lower capacity or not quite ready to open yet.

How can I get there?

The UK’s most used airlines all have flight availability for trips to Turkey – just remember to complete your health form before arrival and wear a face mask when travelling.



Italy

Do I need to self-isolate upon arrival?

No.

Do I need to self-isolate when returning back to the UK?

No.

What restrictions are being imposed?

There is a pretty lengthy list of regulations that tourists will be expected to adhere to when visiting, and if you are planning to take a trip, you should read these carefully. This primarily includes social distancing of 1m when in public and the use of face masks if riding on public transport. It has been known for temperature scanners to be in operation at areas such as train stations and airports.

Where can I stay?

As with many popular European spots, hotels, campsites and beach resorts are all open to visitors though you should expect slightly reduced capacity, with 20% of hotels thought to be closed throughout August.

Are the tourist attractions open?

Bars, restaurants and the like have actually been open since mid-May, though with reduced capacity, tables set further apart and, in some cases, plastic shields erected. You do not have to wear a mask when sitting at a table in a restaurant, though you do need to do so if you get up to go to the bar or toilet for example.

The vast majority of other attractions are also now open again such as museums, parks, pools and more.

How can I get there?

Flights to some of the more popular cities in the country, including Rome, are readily available though the number of flights running to other, less popular, places, are reduced at present.



France

Do I need to self-isolate upon arrival?

No.

Do I need to self-isolate when returning back to the UK?

No.

What restrictions are being imposed?

The 1m social distancing rule is in place and no more than 10 people are allowed to gather in a public area, whilst masks should be worn in tight public spaces. Should you be entering France via train, you will be asked to complete a form that states you are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Where can I stay?

Private rental accommodation is often popular with Britons, whilst hotels and campsites are too now reopen for business.

Are the tourist attractions open?

Both inside and outside areas of restaurants and cafes are now open again, though you will be asked to wear a face mask when walking inside and there is a limit of 5,000 people for large venues.

The Eiffel Tower began welcoming visitors again in June, whilst Disneyland Paris initiated its phased reopening on 15th July.

How can I get there?

By air, ferry or train – Eurostar has already reported a record number of weekend bookings whilst most major airlines have flight availability to the country.



Portugal

Do I need to self-isolate upon arrival?

No, though if you plan to visit Madeira and the Azores, you will be tested upon arrival.

Do I need to self-isolate when returning back to the UK?

In contrast to the other destinations listed so far, Portugal is not currently on the UK’s list of countries exempt from quarantine list and so you would need to self-isolate when returning back to these shores.

What restrictions are being imposed?

Health screening can be expected, and visitors to Madeira and the Azores are required to take a test when arriving. Capacity rules in shops will be in place and you must keep 2m away from others and wear a face mask.

Where can I stay?

Accommodation providers need to meet the ‘Clean and Safe’ hygiene standard in order to be allowed to welcome visitors. More details of which can be found on the Visit Portugal website.

Are the tourist attractions open?

Capacity rules are in place, but restaurants and bars are allowed to reopen, with last orders at 11pm. Beaches are also open with social distancing restrictions, and there is an app available to determine how full coastline areas are.

Water sports, museums, galleries and monuments amongst other areas of public interest have now reopened.

How can I get there?

Many routes by air have been resumed, whilst it is possible to enter the country by car from the UK, via France and Spain.



Germany

Do I need to self-isolate upon arrival?

No.

Do I need to self-isolate when returning back to the UK?

No.

What restrictions are being imposed?

You must abide by social distancing measures of 1.5m and face masks are compulsory in some areas, though this does depend on the exact place you are visiting so, as ever, it is best to check the local guidelines before travelling.

Where can I stay?

Hotels are back welcoming visitors, and are generally the most popular type of accommodation for German city break trips, along with private rental.

Are the tourist attractions open?

Many tourist attractions are now open though you will be expected to maintain the distancing regulations when in public and generally to wear a face mask, though as mentioned, this can differ dependent on the exact place you are visiting.

How can I get there?

Flights resumed to the country’s major cities almost as soon as the UK government gave the green light for non-essential travel and are available from many of the main airlines.



The Netherlands

Do I need to self-isolate upon arrival?

No, however currently UK visitors from Leicester are ‘strongly advised’ to quarantine for 14 days. This is in response to the city’s local lockdown.

Do I need to self-isolate when returning back to the UK?

No.

What restrictions are being imposed?

There is no maximum limit to the number of people allowed inside public areas such as shops, museums, theme parks and zoos as long as 1.5m distance is maintained. Face masks are also compulsory for those on public transport if 13 and over.

Where can I stay?

Accommodation available is varied, however tourists must reserve this in advance of their trip.

Are the tourist attractions open?

Again, most of the main touristy areas are welcoming tourists, though you must maintain 1.5m distance at all times.

How can I get there?

You can travel by air to a handful of cities or by Eurostar to the country’s capital, Amsterdam, via Brussels.



Full list of quarantine free nations as listed by the UK government:

  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia
  • Andorra
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • The Channel Islands
  • Croatia
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Gibraltar
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • The Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao (Macau)
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Monaco
  • Montserrat
  • The Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Poland
  • Reunion
  • San Marino
  • Seychelles
  • South Korea
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Spain
  • St Barthélemy
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Pierre and Miquelon
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Vatican City State
  • Vietnam


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