When full lockdown measures up and down the country were eased, the urge amongst travellers to book that much-desired holiday was huge, with many jetting away to destinations far and wide for their travel fix.
Unfortunately, since the point that borders reopened again across the globe, some popular spots have been added to the government’s official quarantine list, meaning travellers returning to these shores from the likes of Spain, France and Malta would be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days immediately upon arriving back home.
However, there are a host of holiday destinations that aren’t included on said list, which means that tourists absolutely can still enjoy a break abroad without being forced into quarantining for a two week period when their trip is over.
So which places specifically are we talking about here? Read on to find out more…
Disclaimer: The information in this article is correct as of the time and date of publication. Please refer to the government’s most up to date advice for individual destinations before attempting to travel, and make sure you’re aware of any local rules and guidelines.
With popular holiday spots such as Spain currently on the government’s quarantine list, countries like Greece (already a very common overseas destination for English tourists) have benefited greatly in swallowing up the extra tourism.
Many of the Greek islands including Rhodes, Corfu and Crete have seen increased levels of travellers arriving for their dose of sun, sea and sand in summer 2020, with the promise of more to come.
Not letting Greece take all the tourism lost by Spain, France, Malta and the like is Turkey, a country which has also reported an increased level in holiday arrivals since other popular countries were added to the government’s quarantine list.
The beautiful beaches of Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Marmaris and the like have been welcoming sun-searchers in their droves since the Turkish borders reopened again, with all inclusive resorts proving the ever popular choice for holidaymakers.
One of the old favourites in terms of particularly family holiday destinations is Portugal, famed for its amazing beaches and pretty cities that have been a firm fave amongst travellers for many a year.
You can be sure to find exactly the right type of break for you in this beautiful European country, with luxury all inclusive resorts, plenty of sights for explorers to cast their eyes upon, adrenaline-filled water sports and much more in between. Portugal is set to take a lot of the tourism currently being lost by Spain, so don’t delay your trip, book now whilst availability is good!
It may only be a small island country, but Cyprus has been a longtime favourite for many holiday lovers and 2020, since lockdown rulings were eased, has been no different. Paphos, Limassol and Larnaca are great options for a relaxing family or couple’s holiday, whilst Ayia Napa is traditionally the place to be for party-loving groups that want to dance the stunning night sky away with a drink or two in hand.
When it comes to cultural city breaks, there aren’t many destinations that can match Italy. Rome is clearly a must-visit for all historical enthusiasts, with its Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican and much more reminders of what went before in this city, whilst Venice, Naples and Milan to name but three are other stunning places to enjoy this beautiful country, with its incredible cuisine and scenery aplenty.
Or for a beach break with a glossing of real beauty, visit the Amalfi Coast and its stunning holiday spots including Sorrento, Positano and many more.
We’ve listed a few of the European holiday destinations you can visit without needing to quarantine, but if you’re after a long haul getaway, there are a handful of beautiful Caribbean islands ready and waiting to host holidaymakers for a dreamy getaway you’ll never forget.
Barbados, Jamaica and St Lucia are generally awash with tourists looking for a dose of long haul sunshine along, where you'll find golden sands and bright blue skies, and perfect for a luxury break with all the trimmings.
*For a full list of Caribbean islands exempt from the government’s quarantine ruling, see the full list of exempt countries below.
Full list of countries and territories with no self-isolation requirement on arrival in England (correct at time and date of publication):
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