Four destinations have been removed from the UK’s quarantine list, meaning travellers will not have to quarantine for a period of 14 days on their return from any of these destinations.
Those returning to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales from the Maldives, Denmark, the Greek island of Mykonos and Spain’s Canary Islands will not have to self-isolate.
Why have they been removed from the quarantine list?
These four destinations have been removed from the quarantine list and are now instead on the UK’s travel corridor list, due to a decrease in confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the Department for Transport.
The changes come into place from 4am on Sunday 25 October.
However, although the Canary Islands are now on the UK’s travel corridor list, the Balearic Islands and mainland Spain still have quarantine restrictions in place on return.
You must still self-isolate if returning to the UK from any other part of Spain.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) continues to advise against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands, “based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country.”
The Canary Islands are exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel.
Entry requirements in place
Tourists and short term visitors travelling to the Maldives must present a negative PCR test for Covid-19 on arrival to the country, with the test and negative PCR certificate issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure.
Screening procedures are in place for passengers on arrival, with quarantine facilities set up to isolate any suspected cases of Covid-19.
All non-tourist passengers arriving in Maldives by air, such as residents and returning students, are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Those travelling to Spain will have to provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to Covid 48 hours prior to travel, alongside a temperature check and a visual health assessment.
If you’re heading to Greece, then you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel. Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a €500 fine on arrival, or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country.
Rules on entry to Denmark depends on whether you are arriving from an ‘open’ country or a ‘banned’ country. The UK is a ‘banned’ country and therefore any UK citizen visiting Denmark must prove they have a "worthy purpose" for visiting, such as work or study purposes.
Although tourism is not considered a worthy purpose, those with second homes in the country may visit.