BRITISH holidaymakers could book a trip to a country on the government’s ‘quarantine-free’ list – but be barred from entry on arrival.
Travellers from England can fly to 73 countries and territories including France, Italy and Spain without quarantining if they return from July 10.
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But Cyprus, Japan and New Zealand are among countries on the ‘green’ list that have restrictions on permitting UK travellers.
Norway, Dominica, Finland, Hungary, Malta, Mauritius, and Monaco also currently have restrictions on entry.
Today’s confirmation came as the government eases travel quarantine rules, which were brought in to contain the spread of coroanvirus.
The new rules have sparked confusion ahead of the relaxation on travel later this month.
One holidaymaker said: “Govt travel advice news is a mess.
“These aren’t all ‘corridors’ as some ‘safe’ countries in our eyes won’t let us in. “
Another posted: “The famous ‘air bridges’ are actually just a list of countries that upon return to England you won’t have to isolate for 14 days.
“There’s nothing saying these countries will actually let you in.”
And a third tweeted: “Under the “air corridor” rules you’re now allowed to fly to Japan for your holidays. Fab.
“There’s just one teeny tiny problem with that. Japan won’t let you in.”
To make matters more confusing, Brits could go on holiday to a quarantine-free country, but STILL be forced to self-isolate if the air bridge rules change for that country while they’re abroad.
Today’s confirmation has been long-awaited by Brits desperate to go on holiday, but the list is not written in stone.
The guidance says: “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.”
Countries exempt from quarantine when arriving in UK – and whether you’ll have to self-isolate when you arrive
Andorra – not allowed in
Antigua and Barbuda – Non-nationals with certain travel history will be refused entry
Aruba – no quarantine
Australia – 14 day quarantine
Austria – 14 day quarantine unless you test negative
Bahamas – must prove negative test or denied entry
Barbados – quarantine while awaiting mandatory test result
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba – border closed
Belgium – no quarantine
Croatia – no quarantine
Curaçao – not allowed in
Cyprus – not allowed to enter if been in the UK in last fortnight
Czech Republic – no quarantine
Denmark – no quarantine
Dominica – not allowed in
Faroe Islands – tested on entry
Fiji – not allowed in
Finland– not allowed in
France – voluntary 14 day quarantine
French Polynesia – 14 day quarantine
Germany – no quarantine
Greece – 14 day quarantine
Hong Kong – could be forced to quarantine
Hungary – not allowed in
Italy – no quarantine
Japan – not allowed in
Lithuania – 14 day quarantine
Luxembourg – not allowed in
Macau – not allowed in
Malta – not allowed in
Mauritius – not allowed in
Monaco – not allowed in
Netherlands – not allowed in
New Zealand – not allowed in
Norway – not allowed in
Poland – no quarantine
Spain – no quarantine
Switzerland – not allowed in
Taiwan – 14 day quarantine
Turkey – tested on arrival
Vatican city – no quarantine
Vietnam – 14 day quarantine minimum
This means you could leave the UK to travel to Spain – that is on the quarantine-free list – but while you’re visiting it sees a spike in case and gets struck off the list.
You will then have to self-isolate when you returned, regardless of the fact it was on the list when you left the UK.
Furthermore, there are some countries that are still banning people from the UK – such as Fiji and Cyprus – that are on Britain’s quarantine-free list.
This makes it incredibly important to check before booking that you will be able to get into the country, if you are allowed to take out travel insurance and if there is a refund policy.
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A number of destinations favoured by Brits have been left off the quarantine-free air bridge list today.
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