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Where is safe to holiday this summer? Places in Europe you can visit without having to quarantine


Hoping to get away this summer? It might still be possible (Picture: Getty)

Fears continue to mount over the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus in Europe, leading many to move their holiday plans, or cancel them altogether.

With trips to Spain now looking more difficult for the foreseeable future, some are wondering if booking a trip to Europe this summer is a bit of a gamble.

But never fear – there are some destinations which still have low infection rates at the time of writing and no quarantine restrictions on arrival or return.

Before you do book, always check the latest FCO advice, and be aware that your travel insurance may not cover you in the instance of cancellations.

And if you’re feeling unwell or suffering from symptoms of coronavirus, do not travel.

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Malta

Yes, it’s perfect (Picture: Getty)

Malta has among the lowest numbers of coronavirus cases in Europe, reporting a total of 786 cases, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

You don’t need to quarantine when you get there, but there will be temperature checks on arrival.

Norway

The Northern Lights in the Lofoten Islands, Norway (Picture: Getty)

No quarantine is needed for Brits upon arrival to the Scandinavian country.

Norway has kept coronavirus cases relatively low since the beginning of the outbreak, reporting just 9150 cases.

In the last 14 days, only 149 new cases have been reported.

France

Fancy an Eiffel? (Picture: Getty)

There are currently no restrictions or need to quarantine upon arrival to France for travellers from the UK.

However, travellers from any country showing signs of a COVID-19 infection upon arrival in mainland France will have to carry out a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a dedicated location indicated by the French authorities.

France has reported 11,892 new cases in the last two weeks.

Greece

Dreamy Santorini might be back on the cards this summer (Picture: Getty)

There is currently no need to quarantine, however, you’ll need to complete a Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before travel to Greece.

You also may be required to take a test on arrival and practice social distancing and self-monitor for symptoms.

If you test positive, you will be contacted within 24 hours, and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Estonia

Try somewhere new this year? Estonia is a haven for architecture (Picture: Getty)

No quarantine on arrival is needed if you were thinking about a trip to Estonia.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, Estonia has had just 2042 confirmed cases, and 26 in the last 14 days.

Croatia

Dubrovnik Harbor aka Game of Thrones’ Kings Landing (Picture: Getty)

No quarantine on arrival is needed, but the Croatian government has introduced a new online entry form which you’ll have to complete before you fly.

If you decide to take a trip to Croatia, pack your masks – Croatia has made it mandatory for passengers to wear face masks on public transport, in taxis, in shops and other commercial premises.

The country has reported 970 new cases over the last 14 days.

Poland

St Mary’s Basilica in Krakow, Poland (Picture: Getty)

No quarantine on arrival is needed.

Poland has reported 5636 new covid cases in the last 14 days.

You must wear a mask on public transport in Poland, but you don’t need to wear one in public where you can keep a two-metre social distance.

Austria

Fresh, mountain air could be just what the doctor ordered (Picture: Getty)

According to the FCO, entry to Austria without the need for a COVID-19 test or quarantine is now possible from the UK.

The previous requirement for a COVID-19 test or quarantine was removed on 27 July 2020.

Austria has reported 1731 new coronavirus cases in the last 14 days.

Czech Republic

The Lesser Town Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic (Picture: Getty)

A popular destination for Brits, with over 300,000 visiting every year, there are currently no restrictions in place on entering the Czech Republic if you are travelling from the UK.

The Czech Republic has reported 2618 new cases over the last 14 days.

Denmark

Catch the colours of Copenhagen (Picture: Getty)

You can enter Denmark without a two-week quarantine if you are arriving from the UK.

If you are coming as a tourist, you need to show proof of a holiday stay lasting a minimum of six nights, which could include a stay in a rented summerhouse, at a campsite, at a hotel or at a private home or privately-let summerhouse (like an Airbnb).

Denmark have reported 542 new coronavirus cases over the last fortnight.

Germany

Are you Berl-in or out? (Picture: Getty)

There are currently no general coronavirus-related restrictions on entry into Germany from the UK, however, you may have to go into quarantine if you are entering from an area where there is a high rate of infection.

Wearing a face masks is required in certain public areas in all of Germany’s 16 states. The rules vary from state to state so it’s best to check if you’re planning a visit.

There have been a reported 6666 new cases over the last 14 days.

Hungary

Buda-best dig out your passport (Picture: Getty)

Travellers from the UK can enjoy the best of Hungary without a quarantine, however, you have to do a bit of admin beforehand.

You must show two negative COVID-19 tests, taken 48 hours apart and within five days prior to your entry date.

Hungary has reported 221 new covid-19 cases in the last two weeks.

Italy

La dolce vita awaits (Picture: Getty)

You won’t need to quarantine upon arrival to Italy if you’re travelling from the UK.

You will only need to self-isolate if:

  • you’re arriving from a country where there are still self-isolation requirements
  • you travelled to a country for which there are still self-isolation requirements up to 2 weeks prior to your arrival in Italy.

Formerly a coronavirus hotspot, Italy has reported 3270 new cases in the last fortnight.

The Netherlands

Amster-dam what a view (Picture: Getty)

Passengers travelling to the Netherlands from the UK don’t need to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, with the exception of travellers from Leicester, who are strongly advised to self-quarantine.

This is correct at time of writing, though it is plausible to assume other areas that which go into local lockdowns – such as Greater Manchester as of Friday 31 July – would be issued the same advice.

If you’re travelling to or from the Netherlands you must complete a health screening form and have it ready to show on request during your holiday.

San Marino

San Marino on your list? It should be (Picture: Getty)

There are no longer any Covid-19 related restrictions on entry into San Marino, although visitors must follow social distancing and sanitisation rules.

With just two new cases in the last fortnight, it could be a safer bet for a getaway.

Slovakia

Slovakia has a lot to offer (Picture: Getty)

The rules changed earlier this month, on 20 July, and there are now no restrictions in place on entering Slovakia if you are travelling from the UK.

Slovakia have reported 318 new cases in the last two weeks.

Slovenia

Go Slo – Slovenia is a beautiful spot in Europe (Picture: Getty)

Since 17 July, travellers from the UK have no longer been subject to quarantine upon arrival to Slovenia.

Health checks are conducted at all border entry points. If you display signs of coronavirus infections you will be refused entry, unless you hold a permanent residence permit for Slovenia.

There have been a reported 237 new cases in the last two weeks.

Turkey

Fancy some Turkey? (Picture: Getty)

All tourists have to have medical checks when entering the country, as well as fill in a passenger locator form, but won’t be forced to isolate.

If the test is positive, however, then you will have to go into quarantine, and will need to stay at a private medical facility in Turkey at your own expense.

Turkey has a reported 12, 984 new cases in the last two weeks.

All information correct at time of publishing. Covid-19 figures for each country taken from European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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