Summer holidays are back on the cards, but the experience may be very different Getty UPDATE July 26, 2020 The government has announced that Spain is no longer on the list of countries exempt from quarantine requirements . This means that, with immediate effect, travelers returning from Spain to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will have to self-isolate for two weeks. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office now advises against all but essential travel to mainland Spain. There is no advice against traveling to the Balearic Islands or the Canary Islands. However, anyone returning from anywhere in Spain – the mainland or the islands – will need to self-isolate. There is no obligation for anyone currently in Spain to return immediately or to return earlier than expected. However, on their return, they will have to isolate themselves. They should also confirm their travel arrangements with their vacation company or airline in case any changes are made to schedules. Anyone with a flight and / or vacation booked in Spain that is canceled by the supplier as a result of the government announcement will be entitled to a refund, although there may be delays in the money passing through. because of the volume of cases involved. If the flight or vacation is not canceled, you may be able to claim your travel insurance as long as you have made your reservation and purchased your policy before the onset of the coronavirus crisis in March. The majority of policies sold since then explicitly exclude claims arising from the pandemic. It may be possible to move reservations that have not been canceled to a later date. Anyone who decides to travel to mainland Spain against the advice of the government is very likely to cancel their travel insurance, which means that they will have no cover, including for risks not related to the coronavirus, such as injury or theft. Anyone with arrangements to travel to the Spanish Islands (where FCO advice does not apply as coronavirus infection rates are lower than on the mainland) can still travel. But if they decide not to go for fear of getting sick, they will have no reason to claim their travel insurance. Such requests are excluded because they are considered as a “reluctance to travel”, which is not an insured circumstance. Government requirements for travelers returning from overseas to England, Wales and Northern Ireland to self-isolate for 14 days have been partially relaxed as of July 10. Those arriving in England, Wales and Northern Ireland * from more than 60 countries in the “travel corridor”, including popular destinations such as France, Italy and Greece, are exempt from the quarantine rules. Travelers from countries not on the list, such as the United States, Canada, Portugal and others (see below), must obey the rules. Spain has now been removed from the list of exempt countries, and the government is advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain. * The list of Scotland can be found here. The change means that people can potentially go on vacation without having to isolate themselves when they return. Visitors and returning UK residents will, however, need to complete a ‘passenger locator form’ before arriving in the UK. It should be noted that not all countries will match exemptions from quarantine restrictions, so overseas travelers from the UK should check what is expected of them when they reach their destination. . In early July, the FCO issued separate exemptions in its opinion against “near essential” international travel for a number of destinations, with the change taking effect on July 4. The announcement says it “will exempt certain destinations that no longer pose an unacceptable risk of COVID-19.” Its list is slightly different from the travel lanes list and can be found here. Cruise Travel Advice The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has also issued additional advice against cruise travel, issuing the following statement: “The FCO advises against traveling by cruise ship at this time. This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England. “The government will continue to review its travel advice on cruise ships based on the latest medical advice. “If you have any future cruise plans, you should speak to your tour operator, or the travel agency you have booked with, for further advice.” The Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to support the Department of Transport’s work with industry for the resumption of international cruise travel activities. “Which countries and territories are on the list of travel corridors? The countries and territories where the quarantine rules for returning travelers have been lifted for the United Kingdom are: Andorra; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Australia ; Austria; Bahamas; Barbados; Belgium; Bonaire, Saint-Eustache et Saba; Croatia; Curaçao; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmar; Dominica; Faroe Islands lands; Fiji; Finland; France; French Polynesia; Germany; Greece; Greenland; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Hong Kong; Hungary; Iceland; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macao; Malta; Mauritius; Monaco; Netherlands; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Norway; Poland; Réunion; Saint -Marin; Seychelles; South Korea; St Barthélemy; St Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; St Pierre and Miquelon; Switzerland; Taiwan; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Vatican City; Vietnam. Ireland is already exempt in part of the common travel area, just like the Channel Islands and the Il e of Man. The Transport Department also said: “In addition, we will exempt the 14 British Overseas Territories”. You can see them here. Can I now travel to all countries on the list of travel corridors? Some countries the government has put on its travel corridor lists may not have the same quarantine exemptions or entry requirements in place for UK tourists when they arrive, so check the rules for the destination you want to visit. At the moment, for example, Australia requires you to apply for a special exemption visa to visit, and only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are allowed entry without exemption until new order. All travelers entering Australia must also be quarantined for 14 days at a designated facility, such as a hotel, upon arrival. Learn more here. Are there any notable exceptions to the list of travel corridors? The United States, Canada, Portugal, Sweden and Russia were excluded from the list, along with many countries in Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. As previously reported, Spain has now been removed from the list, so anyone returning from anywhere in the country – the mainland or the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands – will have to self-isolate. What happens if I travel to a country that is not on the list of travel corridors? If you are traveling to a destination that is not on the list of travel corridors, you will need to quarantine yourself for 14 days upon your return to the UK. The FCO has published a slightly different list of countries that will be exempt from its advice against “near essential” international travel. You can see it here. There are differences. For example, Canada is on the FCO’s list of countries that have been assessed as no longer posing an unacceptable risk to Britons traveling abroad, but it is not exempt from quarantine requirements for those returning from over there in UK. The FCO says their advice will be constantly reviewed for the latest situation in each country, so it will be worth cross-checking each list to see how your destination is doing. Travel Insurance Problems If you are traveling to a country that is not on this FCO list of exempt destinations, your travel insurance may be invalid – with a few exceptions in specialty policies. This means that you will have to pay your own costs if something goes wrong. It’s important to check your coverage if you already have a policy and understand what protection you’ll get if you buy now. It bears repeating: if you travel somewhere against the advice of the FCO, you will most likely invalidate your policy. However, if your destination is in Europe, you can use your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to benefit from free or cheap medical treatment (under the same conditions as a local). This arrangement will be in place at least until Britain comes to the end of the Brexit transition process at the end of this year. Will all vacations start again from now on? Despite the changes to travel advice and quarantine requirements, not all travel agencies will start operating immediately – so check the policy of the company you have booked with or are considering booking with. All TUI holidays on or before July 10 have already been canceled, for example, while Trailfinders has canceled the majority of holidays through July 25. Also check the rules of the country you plan to visit before assuming that you can now visit. Greece, for example, extended its ban on direct flights from the UK until July 15. Is there anything else i should consider? While this is an exciting change, keep in mind that the holidays are likely to be a little different with social distancing measures in place at destinations, mask-wearing rules, and certain closures. bars and restaurants. Research the rules of the country you are visiting before you travel. A good place to start is on the FCO site, and you can find links to the pages for each country. As the FCO’s opinion is based on a number of factors, including the risk of coronavirus, the capacity of local health care and transportation options, it may be reviewed if the situation in the country changes. Carefully review your travel insurance policy before you travel as well to make sure you are covered for what you expect. A number of companies have added additional pandemic coverage to new and existing policies, but some policies may exclude claims made as a result of pandemics. There will also be a number of changes in air travel and airports, such as the requirement to wear a mask on board flights and at airports, social distancing measures and a number of services, such as food. and drinks, being limited. Click here to find out more. This page will be updated as we get more information. .