What Is A Travel Corridor And How Will It Affect your Holiday

It’s been more than a year since international travel was allowed, and we are all itching to get on a plane and go someplace new.

A travel boom is predicted this summer as bookings increase and travel surges. But where can you go on holiday? What’s allowed and what isn’t? Which countries are a travel corridor?

The regulations can be baffling and have left holidaymakers confused. You have heard the term floating around, but what are travel corridors?

Need to some answers? You’re in the right place. 

What is a Travel Corridor?

The UK government is still making people self isolate for at least ten days on return from a foreign country. A travel corridor (also called an air bridge) is a country that isn’t subject to those requirements. 

There are only a handful of countries you can travel to and not quarantine on your return home. 

The countries on the travel corridor list have a low rate of Covid 19 infections. They have agreed with the UK government that visitors are allowed without quarantine on arrival. 

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Just because a country is a travel corridor doesn’t mean you won’t have to do a PCR test before or after traveling. 

Each country has stringent regulations about testing. 

Which Countries Are Travel Corridors?

Currently, the UK has a traffic light system. Countries on the green list are travel corridors; you won’t be expected to self isolate on your return from the following countries:

Europe

  • Faroe Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Iceland
  • Portugal

Asia

  • Brunei
  • Israel
  • Singapore

Africa

  • St Helena, Tristan de Cunha, and Ascension Islands

Oceania

  • New Zealand
  • Australia

South America

  • Falkland Islands

This list may change as the infection rates of these countries either increase or decrease. For now, if you are wondering where to go, these places are your best bet. 

You will have to do a PCR test two days after returning to the UK from one of these countries. 

What To Expect

The good news is that international travel is no longer banned, and you won’t face hefty fines for leaving the country. 

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Popular tourist destinations such as France, Spain, Italy, and Greece are currently all on the government’s amber list. What do they mean by this?

If you visit any of these countries, you need to self isolate at home for ten days on your return. You will need to do a PCR test on day two and day 8 of your quarantine. 

There is also a test to release scheme. This means you can take a test on day 5 of your quarantine, and if it is negative, you do not need to spend the next five days isolating. You must pay for this scheme. 

The government will review the lists regularly and update countries’ status. You can get up-to-date information about the restrictions for the country you want to visit here

Back To Travel Life

It is unclear when travel will become what it once was. However, don’t lose hope!

The travel corridor system, the rollout of the vaccination programs, and the loosening of restrictions mean we are well on our way to normality.  

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