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Here we will be updating information about current country restrictions to inform in making your holiday decisions, but please contact us to discuss in more detail as these are changing daily. 

Please note currently the FCO advises against all but essential travel which is likely to negate your insurance policy, except for the below list.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exempt-from-advice-against-all-but-essential-international-travel

Further, from 8th June 2020 the UK Government has imposed a 14 day quarantine on return to the UK for all but a few exempted travellers.  However, check the below link for special destinations where this no longer applies.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

Beware that these two lists do not fully match!

WHAT DO I NEED TO TRAVEL?

  1. The FCO restriction to be lifted on that destination (or your insurance may be void)
  2. A travel corridor to be finalised with the country (or be prepared to quarantine for 2 weeks on return)
  3. To be allowed to enter a country as per their rules which may include testing pre and / or on arrival
  4. For an airline to fly there
  5. Insurance in case you become sick whilst abroad and ideally protecting your holiday in the case of last minute cancellations (or book a flight package)

 

CARIBBEAN

CORIDOOR CONFIRMED / FCO APPROVAL FOR THESE DESTINATIONS

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Please note that quite a number of our usual hotels are closed.

St Lucia - The island is now open to tourists.  Please see this webpage for further information regarding protocols.

Barbados - Barbados has begun welcoming visitors back, BA / Virgin have flights scheduled.  For the latest protocols see the website

Antigua - The island is now open. All passengers arriving by air, including those transiting the country, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than seven days before arrival. 

Grenada - Opening from 01st August.  Proof of a negative PCR test taken within 7 days of departure must be presented.

INDIAN OCEAN

CORIDOOR CONFIRMED / FCO APPROVAL FOR REUNION

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Reunion - A slice of France adjacent to Mauritius, open for travel as per France rules!

Mauritius - The island has now been declared virus-free.  Currently it is thought borders will not re-open till 01st September, but we are waiting formal confirmation. Whilst it is include in the coridoor list, it is still subject to the FCO advisory against all but essential travel.

Seychelles - Another nation that has not had covid cases for some time.  The airport is now open and travellers from various Nations such as China welcome.  The list is extended in mid July to include some European Nations such as Italy and France, with further countries including the UK hopefully allowed from August / September (dependent on infection levels).  Travellers will have to arrive with a negative test certificate, taken within 48 hours of boarding their flight. Whilst it is include in the coridoor list, it is still subject to the FCO advisory against all but essential travel.

Maldives - The Maldives has re-opened to international tourism.  No certificate is required, but those showing possible symptons on arrival will be tested.  Visitors can only visit one resort. The Maldives are not included on the coridoor list, and are still subject to the FCO advisory against all but essential travel.

 

AFRICA

NO CORIDOORS CONFIRMED / FCO APPROVAL FOR THESE DESTINATIONS

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Tanzania - Airspace has been re-opened and flights are operational.  However, numbers have not been reported since early May and there are some concerns cases are still rising. 

South Africa - There are glimmers of hope that tourism may return in some way for international visitors in September, with rates now plateuing.  Currently from 01st June domestic flights between certain cities have been allowed alongside the opening of restaurants and accommodation for business travel only to help sustain the travel industry.  Autumn holidays may be possible, dependent on cases being kept at a manageable level, but we would recommend making new bookings from December onwards.

Kenya, Botswana and Namibia - minimal cases have been seen, but no news yet on opening.  However the Botswanan Government has prioritised reviving the country’s tourism sector as the gradual reopening of the economy continues after a virus lockdown.

Rwanda - Flights are anticipated to resume in August.

 

EUROPE

CORIDOOR CONFIRMED / FCO APPROVAL FOR THESE DESTINATIONS 

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Italy - Holidays have resumed.

Spain - Holidays have resumed although there is current concern regarding rates in Catalonia.

Greece - Holidays have resumed with many British tourists being tested on arrival.

Turkey - Holidays have resumed.

Cyprus - BritishToursts will hopefully be premitted from 01st August.  Travelers may also need to provide a valid certificate proving they've tested negative for Covid-19, whilst they'll be subject to temperature checks on arrival as well as testing at random during the course of their trip.

Portugal - a corridor is likely from end July.

 

ASIA

CORIDOOR CONFIRMED / FCO APPROVAL FOR SOME OF THESE DESTINATIONS (BUT INCOMING RULES APPLY)

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Vietnam - The Vietnamese government has announced that it is aiming to reopen its borders and grant electronic visas to citizens of 80 countries on the 1st of July including the majority of their international airports, land borders, and seaports.  Trials may begin in selected islands such as Phu Quoc first, with tourists from Asia. We are still awaiting official confirmation that arriving foreigners will no longer be subject to quarantine restrictions and if the UK are one of the lucky 80! 

Thailand - Regional travel restrictions are due to be lifted throughout June with international travel allowed from 01st July, although travelers from destinations with low infection rates will be welcomed first. Those that are given permission to enter may be offered "long-stay packages" in isolated areas "where health monitoring can be easily controlled," such as the remote islands of Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Samui. It is thought travellers from Europe will be allowed entry from October. Entry restrictions TBC but may well require a clear test certificate.

Sri Lanka - Colombo Airport to be re-opened in September and there will be no quarantine for tourists.  However they must travel with a negative test certificate and will be tested again on arrival, and possibly every 5 days after via mobile testing units.

Japan - The country’s Go To Travel initiative, will provide travellers discounts and vouchers worth up to ¥20,000 a day (£150). However, it will initially be available only to domestic tourists. Japan has lifted its state of emergency, with various domestic and international travel restrictions expected to be eased steadily into July. Entry restrictions TBC.

 

MIDDLE EAST

NO CORIDOORS CONFIRMED / FCO APPROVAL FOR THESE DESTINATIONS

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UAE - Emirates and Etihad are now offering some services from London to the UAE, aimed at British nationals returning to work rather than holiday.  However, international tourists will be welcome from 7th July with a negative test certificate.  They may be subject to a second test on arrival if they don't past temperature checks.

OMAN - Restrictions are expected to be lifted later in the year, hopefully in time for October Half Term.

 

LATIN AMERICA

NO CORIDOORS CONFIRMED / FCO APPROVAL FOR THESE DESTINATIONS

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Belize - Belize is now coronavirus free and had been intending to launch tourism from mid August, with a negative covid test certificate a requirement for entry. 

Mexico - The country is expected to open borders with the US in late July (currently they are closed till 21st of that months) but European travellers are likely to follow in the latter part of the year with cases still on the rise.

Costa Rica - Costa Rica borders remain closed, with an opening date TBC. 

Ecuador - The Galapagos has now been declared free of Covid-19 but the re-opening of borders is TBC.

We are advising travel in 2021 for other Latin America destinations.

 

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

CORIDOOR CONFIRMED / FCO APPROVAL FOR SOME OF THESE DESTINATIONS (BUT INCOMING RULES APPLY)

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Only local tourism is promoted at the moment, with International travel only expected to return towards the end of the year.  Enjoy a beautiful video from New Zealand here!

 

 

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