Here’s the full list of 59 countries Brits can travel to without quarantine on return
Travelling abroad is to be allowed again from Saturday (4 July), as quarantine restrictions are lifted and advice on foreign travel is updated.
The current 14-day self-isolation policy for any travellers returning to England from up to 75 destinations overseas, will no longer apply, the Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed.
When will the list of countries be announced?
The UK government has now published a list of 59 countries, including France, Spain and Italy, that travellers from England will be allowed to visit from 4 July, and will be exempt from quarantine on their return after 10 July.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will change its advice against all but essential international travel from 4 July, with the quarantine policy to be updated from 10 July.
That means people who travel abroad on Saturday (4 July) and spend at least six days in certain locations that have been included in the government list will not need to self-isolate on their return.
The DfT indicated that reciprocal arrangements between England and overseas nations have not been confirmed, but said it is the government's "expectation" that a number of exempted countries will also not require UK arrivals to self-isolate.
However, there is no guarantee that foreign nations will not have quarantine restrictions in place.
All travellers who arrive in the UK from abroad will still have to supply contact information to allow health officials to trace them should someone they have been in contact with display symptoms, or test positive, for coronavirus.
How has the list been decided?
The UK government is to introduce a new travel traffic light system to determine which countries across the globe are considered safe to travel to.
Under the new system, destinations will be classed as either green, amber or red, with the colour coding used to indicate which locations are safe,depending on the number of coronavirus cases in the country.
Countries classed as green will be considered safer than the UK, amber countries are less safe than those labelled green, and red countries will require passengers to self-isolate for 14 days on their return.
Quarantine restrictions will not apply to travellers who return from any countries graded as green or amber.
Do the changes apply across all of the UK?
The updated travel restrictions will only be applicable to travel to England, with the devolved nations setting out their own individual approaches.
The DfT confirmed in a statement that the devolved administrations “will set out their own approach", meaning passengers who arrive in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will have to follow the laws and guidance that apply in these areas.
Which countries are included?
From 10 July, passengers arriving from the following 59 countries will not be required to self-isolate on arrival into England, unless they have visited or stopped in any other country or territory in the preceding 14 days.
This list will be kept "under constant review", meaning quarantine measures could be reinstated in the event the risk to public health increases.
More countries may be added over the coming days following further discussions between the UK and international partners.
Here is the full list:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
St Kitts and Nevis
St Pierre and Miquelon
Trinidad and Tobago