Transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has published the list of "travel corridor" countries, which comes as restrictions lift in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the virus, travellers from England were forbidden to take non-essential travel trips anywhere overseas since March 17. They may now travel to countries on the approved list for purposes other than non-essential travel from July 4 and will not have to self-isolate when they arrive back in England from July 10. However, it's important to bear in mind that each country on the list will not automatically welcome the English holidaymaker on arrival without the need for them to go into quarantine there.
The countries are: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Croatia, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Réunion, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, South Korea, Spain, St Barthélemy, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Vatican City and Vietnam.
Ireland is already exempt from the quarantine requirement as part of the common travel area, as are the Channel Islands and Isle of Man. In addition, the 14 British Overseas Territories are exempt. Travellers who have been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridor list will have to self-isolate until 14 days have passed since they left that country. The list only applies to England, as the devolved administrations will set out their own approach to exemptions, and so passengers returning to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should ensure they follow the laws and guidance that applies there.
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