While there are still sixteen countries on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel corridor list that British travelers can visit without having to self-quarantine on their return, the majority of these have Covid-19 entry requirements (often a negative test before travel is mandatory). The travel corridor countries include Cyprus, Estonia, Faroe Islands and Greenland, Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece (not including Mykonos and Crete), Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Madeira and the Azores (not including mainland Portugal), Norway, San Marino and Sweden. There are now just four places on the foreign travel corridor list that have no restrictions on UK arrivals although even these have special rules for travelers from various parts of the UK.
Germany continues to welcome British travelers. However, if you’re travelling from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or parts of northern England, you’ll be required to take a Covid-19 test on arrival (most German airports offer this). For a city break, the edgy capital Berlin is the country’s political and cultural hub. From the famous Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag parliament building to the remaining section of the Berlin Wall and Museum island with five important history and art museums, there’s plenty to see and do. In the south, the Bavarian city of Munich is well known for its famous Oktoberfest but it’s also the most beautiful city in Germany and be sure to check out the city surfers on Eisbachwelle, a fast-moving manmade river in the city’s lovely English Garden.
Travelers from the United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are fine to enter Gibraltar without restrictions. This British Overseas Territory at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula in Spain is dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar, where the main tourist attractions are including the Rock’s summit, St Michael’s Cave, a Moorish Castle built in 1333 and WWII tunnels.
It is essential that all travelers to Greece must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before your arrival in Greece. If you don’t do this, it’s unlikely you’ll be allowed to board your flight at a UK airport. There are plenty of stories of disappointed travelers who have failed to complete the form and have arrived at airport checkin only to be turned away. Furthermore, travelers returning to Scotland from the whole of Greece must self-isolate. And for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, anyone returning from Mykonos and Crete must self-isolate.
While the number of flights to Sweden from the UK has been greatly reduced in recent months, there are no restrictions on arrival or on return to the UK. Stockholm is one of the most picturesque capital cities in Europe. The city is spread out over fourteen islands and more than 50 bridges and features cobblestone streets and attractive colored buildings. And of course it’s a cultural hotspot as the birthplace of ABBA, with a museum dedicated to one of the world’s most famous pop groups. Also essential on any visit to the Swedish capital is Fotografiska, the world’s largest photography museum. Alongside international household names like Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton and Irving Penn, expect to see the best in emerging talent.