Where can you travel? Travel corridors and countries exempt from the travel ban

  • 13 Jan, 2021
  • Alice Fowler
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Coronavirus travel corridors

We are keeping this information as up to date as we can, given the guidance provided by the UK Government. Last updated January 13th 2021.

And so, we find ourselves in another National Lockdown, and with it, more coronavirus travel restrictions. The summer of 2021 brought us some hope that we could return to “normal” fairly quickly, we were even allowed to travel to a long list of our European neighbours, subject to some quarentine/negative test result stipulations. Sadly however, this is no longer the case as we continue the battle against the spread of COVID-19.

Where can you travel to in Europe and do you have to quarantine?

Remember, regardless of where you travel from, upon your return to England or Scotland now, you will be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within the previous 3 days.

As you can imagine, the relativley extensive Travel Corridor list of 2020 has been dramtically shortened. As of January 2021, Gov.uk advise only travel to the following European places will mean you don’t need to self-isolate for 10 days upon your return;

European countries exempt from the travel ban Do you need to quarantine on arrival to this country? Is it accepting travellers from the UK?
Finland Yes, for 10 days Entry prohibited for non-resident foreign nationals
Gibraltar No Strict rules on who can enter Gibraltar can be found here.
Greek Islands; Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Zakynthos Unknown Unknown
Greenland Unknown Unknown
Iceland Yes, for 14 days if you don’t take 2 test upon arrival (one on arrival and one 5-6 days later) No, unless you are a resident or are an exempt traveller.
Ireland Yes, for 14 days Yes if they have a negative test. Not having one can result in a fine of up to €2500 or 6 months imprisonment.
Norway Unknown Not unless you meet certain exceptions found here.

The list of non-European destinations you can visit as part of the UK’s Travel Corridor is a little broader, however, with countries we are allowed to visit without self-isolating on return including;

  • Aruba
  • Bermuda
  • Chile
  • Hong Kong
  • Maldives
  • Thailand
  • Bahrain
  • Cambodia
  • Fiji
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Tonga
  • Barbados
  • Cayman Islands
  • Grenada
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam

This is not an exhaustive list, however. For all countries currently on the UK Travel Corridor list, please visit Gov.uk. They will all have their own entry requirememts and coronavirus travel restrictions, too. In most instances, entry from the UK is only permitted to Nationals of the destination country, with very few exemptions and exceptions.

Where can you travel to worldwide?

We’ve laid out the coronavirus travel restrictions that are in place for some of the major countries outside of Europe.

Countries exempt from the travel ban Do you need to quarantine on arrival to this country? Is it accepting travellers from the UK? Do you need to quarantine upon returning to the UK?
Australia Yes, for 14 days No, unless you are an immediate family member of an Australian citizen No
Canada Yes, for 14 days No, unless you are an immediate family member or for essential work Yes, for 14 days
Hong Kong Yes, for 21 days Only for Hong Kong residents. No
Japan Yes, for 14 days Only Japanese Nationals No
New Zealand N/A Only New Zealand citizens or residents No
United States N/A No N/A

If you book a trip or if you already have a trip booked, don’t forget to check out what airport parking companies are doing to keep travellers safe at this time. Many car parks are reopening and offering socially distanced and safe drop-off procedures so go ahead and run a quote to see how much you could save!

About Alice Fowler

I love to travel and working in the airport parking world for nearly five years has given me inside out knowledge of the industry. I love to help travellers get the best out of their trip, and their journey to the airport is an important part of that. Whether it's using our data to spot trends and pinpoint when people can save money, or opening the lid on airport parking tips and tricks, if it helps our customers, I'll write about it!

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