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Cheer for UK Travellers as Multiple Tourist Hotspots Added to Quarantine-Free List

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

However, it's not all good news as travellers returning to the UK from a number of Greek islands will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

November 13th, 2020 - The UK government have announced a host of new destinations added to the quarantine safe list, meaning returning visitors will no longer have to self-isolate for 14-days on their return.

The new additions to the UKs quarantine free list include popular tourist hotspots like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Turks & Caicos, Laos, Iceland, Chile, Cambodia and Bahrain. The changes come into effect from 04:00 on November 14th. This will provide some much needed positivity to the UK travel trade and also provide a boost to tourism in the destinations added to the list. Other destinations currently on the UK quarantine safe list include the Canary Islands, Madeira, the Azores, Gibraltar, Cuba, Maldives and some Greek islands.

However, people living in England are currently not allowed to travel for holidays under lockdown rules that are set to run until December 2nd. Penalties start at £200 and go up to £6,400 for those who contravene the travel ban.

While the new additions are a welcome development for the UK outbound travel industry any celebrations have been tempered by an additional announcement that holidaymakers returning from a number of popular Greek islands will now be expected to quarantine. People arriving in the UK from all of Greece apart from Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos will now need to self-isolate for two weeks as the country is removed from the travel corridor list.

The Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England has reported a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases of coronavirus in mainland Greece, leading to the government removing it from the current list of travel corridors.

The travel ban introduced on November 7th on Denmark will also be extended for a further 14 days. British Nationals, visa holders and permanent residents returning to the UK directly or indirectly from Denmark will need to self-isolate for 14-days.

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Karl Sigurdsson - Senior Contributor

Karl is a senior contributor at and knows the European travel industry inside out. Karl is a freelance travel writer specialising in the European market. Karl studied at both Stockholm University and Reading University.

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