16 October 2020 by David Ward
With the recent announcement that we’re able to travel to certain destinations again, there’s finally the chance to get away this autumn. But, despite a seemingly large number of countries featuring on the government list, there are just a handful of places that are truly open for quarantine-free travel. Here, we look at the reasons why and the destinations you can book with confidence if you’re looking to get away this autumn.
Please note: The information below was correct at the time of writing, but is subject to change on a daily basis. For the most up-to-date information and travel advice, please refer to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
Where can I travel to right now?
Among the countries that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has deemed exempt from its otherwise blanket advice against all but essential travel, there are a handful where you currently do not need to quarantine either on arrival in the destination or your return home, or where you can enter with a negative Covid-19 test. These are some of the destinations currently on the list:
- Sweden – quarantine-free
- Canary Islands - quarantine-free
- Greece – quarantine-free to mainland and some islands
- Antigua – Negative test required
- Saint Lucia – Negative test required
- Madeira – Negative test required
- Azores – Negative test required
- Bermuda – Negative test required
- Seychelles – Negative test required
- Maldives – Negative test required
Wish you were here? It's a green light for Italy this autumn
Can I travel to exempt countries from anywhere in the UK?
In a word, no. It’s important to remember that the above list applies to travel to and from England only and that the devolved nations have their own regulations surrounding international travel. Our advice? Always check before heading for the airport.
Are these my only holiday options?
For the time being, yes. At least for immediate departures. The countries listed above are those where there are currently no FCDO advice against non-essential travel in place. This means that travel is, for all intents and purposes, unrestricted and you’ll be eligible for that all-important travel insurance, should you choose to visit.
However, as mentioned, some of these destinations may have their own unique set of restrictions, such as Antigua and the Seychelles where you'll need to provide a negative Covid-19 test either before departure or on arrival. I some instances, you'll also be required to provide a secondary negative test during your stay. Again, you can check the FCDO website for the most up-to-date advice.
You'll need to take a Covid-19 test to enter the Seychelles
What can I expect from my holiday?
Naturally, with the pandemic not yet over, each country has its own rules and regulations surrounding visitors and residents, designed to minimise the infection rate. To help you plan, we’ve put together some useful links for some of our most popular destinations where we expect to see the most short-term holiday interest.
- Travel information for Sweden
- Travel information for Greece
- Travel information for Antigua
- Airline updates
At Wexas, we fully understand the complexities of taking a holiday at the moment as well as the near-constant changes in travel advice for different destinations. As such, we always recommend checking the FCDO website before you travel. Our specialists are also on hand to help you plan your trip and to make sure things run as smoothly as possible, both before you depart and while you’re away.
Browse our collection of quarantine-free holidays below and please do get in touch as we help you plan your next holiday.