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Government announces quarantine exemption: where can you go on your summer holidays?

Government announces quarantine exemption: where can you go on your summer holidays?

Today - 3rd July 2020 - the UK government announced their list of nation's exempt from a two week quarantine period if brits are to return from abroad.

The long-awaited list includes 59 destinations where Brits will be able to travel to, and return without being required to isolate for two weeks, with the level of coronavirus cases determining the list.

That means the popular destinations of Greece, France and Spain will all be exempt from the list, whilst Italy - the initial hotspot for the virus in Europe - will be exempt from the new quarantine measures.

The list of nation's given the go-ahead by the foreign office excludes the United States, Sweden and Portugal, all of whom are deemed too risky for quarantine free travel at this time. Whilst Brits can still travel to these locations under the UK guidance, they will be required to self-isolate for two weeks upon their return.

These rules will take effect from 10th July, whilst the developed administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will make their own announcements in the comings days on restrictions within these nations in the coming days.

Although the UK will not quarantine people coming back into the country, this does not necessarily permit restrictions to be lifted upon arrival in certain destinations - with New Zealand suggesting they had no intention to lift the current isolation restrictions on Brits travelling to the country any time soon.

This was despite calls by the UK government for air-bridges between nations with low numbers of cases.

Speaking about the new guidance, the government said: “We will keep the conditions in these countries and territories under review. If they worsen we will not hesitate to reintroduce self-isolation requirements."

“Travellers should always check the latest FCO travel advice. Travel advice includes information on any health measures in place for visitors to the country or territory. These can include a requirement to self-isolate, quarantine, or undergo testing for coronavirus, or even restrictions on entry.”

The full list of exempt nations:

Andorra

Antigua and Bermuda

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

Netherlands

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Reunion

San Marino

Serbia

Seychelles

South Korea

Spain

St Barthelemy

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

St Pierre and Miquelon

Switzerland

Taiwan

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Vatican City

Vietnam

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