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Gibraltar is now the only country open to Brits without quarantine or negative coronavirus test


THERE is just one country left open to Brits to go on holiday when lockdown ends.

Holidaymakers can only visit Gibraltar without needing to quarantine or have a negative coronavirus test to enter.

Gibraltar is the only location in the world with no travel restrictions or quarantine rules for Brits

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Gibraltar is the only location in the world with no travel restrictions or quarantine rules for BritsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Previous countries which were open to Brits were the Canary Islands, which is enforcing a negative PCR test from November 14, and Greece, which introduced the restrictions on Saturday.

Countries like Cyprus also had the negative coronavirus test in place, but was added to the quarantine list before lockdown, along with the Maldives.

These can also be pricey – they must be done privately, not on the NHS, and can cost upwards of £200.

Now, only Gibraltar is the holiday destination of choice without travel restrictions or quarantines.

The only requirements are a passenger locator form which can be filled in at the airport.

Non-UK arrivals will have to self-isolate for five days, with a test on day one and day five.

The destinations remains the only easy option for families to visit

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The destinations remains the only easy option for families to visitCredit: Getty – Contributor

What are the restrictions for other holiday destinations?

While holidays abroad are banned until next month, here are the restrictions in place when trips can resume:

  • Spain – Mandatory two week quarantine in the UK, only Canary islands open to Brits (mandatory negative coronavirus test needed from November 14)
  • Greece – Negative coronavirus test needed from November 7
  • Portugal – Mandatory two week quarantine in the UK, only Azores and Madeira open to Brits (mandatory negative coronavirus tests required)
  • Cyrus – Mandatory two week quarantine in the UK and mandatory negative coronavirus test on arrival
  • Turkey – Mandatory two week quarantine in the UK
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Other popular destinations including Portugal and Turkey are no longer an easy holiday location, as they both require a two-week quarantine back in the UK.

However, there is hope that this could be reduced by the time lockdown is over, according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

The Transport Secretary previously said the Taskforce would look to slash the quarantine to around a week, although the exact timescale has yet to be announced.

The new scheme will see passengers paying for a test after they arrive in the UK, taken four or five days after arrival, and if it is negative, it removes the need for quarantine.

He said while speaking to the Airport Operators Association this morning: “I want you to know that we are making very good progress on a test to release programme to launch, once we’re out of this lockdown.”

“This will consist of a single test for arrivals into the UK provided by the private sector, and at the cost to the passenger, allowing us a much reduced period of self isolation.”

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UK travellers are not currently able to leave the country for a holiday, following the month-long lockdown in place until December 2.

Anyone caught breaking the rules will be fined £200, with fines doubling per offence up to £6,400.

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