The UK government has confirmed a list of 60 countries that have been approved for travel and are to be excluded from the UK’s COVID-19 quarantine rules.
Under the exemption, people travelling from any of the countries on the travel corridor countries list will not have to self isolate for 14 days on arrival in the UK, unless they have visited or stopped in any other unapproved country or territory in the preceding 14 days.
The changes take effect from 10 July 2020.
The so-called air bridge (or air corridor) countries include both EU and long haul destinations deemed to be “low risk” due to low rates of COVID-19 infection.
Two key exclusions should be noted: both the US and Portugal remain subject to the quarantine requirement.
The rule change currently only applies to England.
UK air bridge countries
|Antigua and Barbuda
|Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
St Kitts and Nevis
St Pierre and Miquelon
Trinidad and Tobago
Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man were already exempt due to the common travel area rules. The 14 British Overseas Territories will also be classed as approved and not subject to quarantine requirement.
UK quarantine rules
Anyone travelling to the UK from countries not on the air corridor list will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival into the UK. This includes British nationals.
Travellers will also be required to complete a form providing contact details and information about their accommodation, to be used in the event they need to be contacted due to a risk of infection.
Travellers are advised to check if travel or entry restrictions apply within their destination, such as local requirements to quarantine on arrival.
Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions relating to international travel or gaining entry into the UK.