All the countries UK holidaymakers can visit now without quarantine or Covid certificate

Venice at sunrise (istock)
Venice at sunrise (istock)

The list of countries that Britons can travel to without having to quarantine for 14 days on return is sadly diminishing week by week.

The latest to go is the Portuguese mainland. As of 12 September, England and Northern Ireland followed Scotland and Wales in removing the country from the travel corridors list.

Other removals included Hungary, Réunion and French Polynesia.

France, Malta and the Netherlands were removed from the exemption list in the middle of August, alongside Monaco, Switzerland, Turks & Caicos and Aruba.

They joined Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas, as well as Spain, Serbia and Luxembourg.

All of these destinations were previously given the green light for travel, but have been removed after reporting spikes in coronavirus cases.

To confuse things further, holidaymakers have to check two different government lists: the Department for Transport’s travel corridors list (so you don’t have to quarantine

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British Airways backs airport testing as four countries rejoin quarantine list

portugal - Getty
portugal – Getty

British Airways can only survive if the Government works with it, including through support for airport testing, according to the carrier’s chief executive and chairman Alex Cruz. 

“These are the toughest times in the history of the aviation industry,” writes Mr Cruz for The Telegraph as four more countries are added to the UK’s travel “red list”. 

“Coronavirus has hit our business hard, and the sector is fighting for its very survival,” he adds. “What is hugely frustrating is that we know people want to travel, to fly, whether to see friends or family, to see business contacts face-to-face or to recharge on the beach, but without a rigorous, reliable Coronavirus testing programme – together with a sensible approach to quarantine – people’s plans are being unnecessarily grounded.”

Ongoing changes to the holiday quarantine list have seen hundreds of thousands of Britons race back to the UK,

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College Quarantine Breakdowns Leave Some at Risk

Sarah Ortbal, a sophomore at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, said there was little supervision for quarantined students in her dorm complex. (Wes Frazer/The New York Times)
Sarah Ortbal, a sophomore at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, said there was little supervision for quarantined students in her dorm complex. (Wes Frazer/The New York Times)

Across the United States, colleges that have reopened for in-person instruction are struggling to contain the rapid-fire spread of coronavirus among tens of thousands of students by imposing tough social distancing rules and piloting an array of new technologies, like virus tracking apps.

But perhaps their most complex problem has been what to do with students who test positive for the virus or come into contact with someone who has. To this end, many campuses are subjecting students to one of the oldest infection control measures known to civilization: quarantine.

Many public and private colleges have set aside special dormitories, or are renting off-campus apartments or hotel rooms to provide isolation beds for infected students and separate quarantine units for the possibly

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The dark and gruesome history of Venice’s quarantine islands

Poveglia is the most famous of the city's quarantine islands - getty
Poveglia is the most famous of the city’s quarantine islands – getty

Returning holidaymakers currently under quarantine for being careless enough to go to Portugal or French Polynesia (and live in Wales or Scotland rather than England, or is it the other way round?) should spare a thought for the Giraffe of Venice. In 1828 this creature captured in the Nubian Desert was forced to spend a period of isolation on an island off La Serenissima with just two cows and a human minder for company.

The story of the hapless giraffe is one of many associated with certain islands of the Venetian lagoon, where the concept of quarantine (and indeed the word itself, derived from the Italian for “40 days”) was established during the plagues that swept across Europe in the Middle Ages. These isole del dolore (“islands of pain”), as the Venetians call them, are a far cry

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Missing movie theaters in quarantine? Head to these drive-ins around the country

The country is starting to open up after months of lockdown, yet social distancing and sanitary precautions are still important as ever. And although theater chains like AMC are gearing up to return in August, taking in a drive-in movie may sound appealing, especially for families.

Drive-in movie theaters have the advantages of in-person viewing while staying in the comfort, privacy and safety of your own vehicle. Social distancing is built-in, as cars are often parked six or more feet away from each other, and proper COVID-19 protocols make it easier to have fun yet stay safe.

We’ve put together a list of old and newly converted drive-ins across the country for you to check out. Scroll through to see if there’s one near you:

A user’s guide to drive-in movie theaters:  Staying safe and having fun

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Walmart

Price: Free, but must be secured ahead of time online.

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Quarantine and Travel: Strict Penalties, Rare Enforcement

Quarantine requirements for travelers have become increasingly common throughout the U.S., but local and state governments have struggled to contain the spread of the coronavirus with limited manpower and dwindling resources, and following quarantine rules is more often than not left to the traveler
Quarantine requirements for travelers have become increasingly common throughout the U.S., but local and state governments have struggled to contain the spread of the coronavirus with limited manpower and dwindling resources, and following quarantine rules is more often than not left to the traveler

Mika Salamanca’s mug shot is a departure from most of the images you’ll find of her online, particularly the ones she posts on Instagram to her 1 million-plus followers — winsome selfies and playful portraits with her head cocked to the side. But in the photograph released by the Honolulu Police Department, Salamanca, a social media influencer from the Philippines, stares directly into the camera, her expression inscrutable.

Salamanca was arrested in Honolulu on July 24 for having broken the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine. She was apprehended after posting images and videos out with friends within days of her arrival, leading a group of locals to

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A Working Mum’s Quarantine Story

Staying at home with a young child—and not being allowed to go out at all—can be such a test of many things. But for working mum, Goh Yiping, a partner at a venture fund, juggling work and parenting when you’re stuck in a hotel room for 14 days brought about even more demanding challenges especially when you have a toddler with you. Read: quarantined with a toddler.

In an interview with theAsianparent, Yiping shared her experiences throughout the mandatory stay-at-home notice (SHN) she served with her husband and their 2-year-old child at a designated hotel upon returning home to Singapore from Spain.

Quarantined With a Toddler

Though her family has already experienced being forced into lockdown together for months during the circuit breaker period earlier this year, Yiping said being quarantined with a toddler in a hotel room was an experience like no other.

Despite the Government’s advice to defer

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How the Freeform Rom-Com Tackles Romance During Quarantine (Exclusive)

Like many ideas, Freeform’s Love in the Time of Corona was borne out of a conversation. It was the end of April — more than a month into quarantine — and executive producer Joanna Johnson was preparing for the third season of Good Trouble in the virtual writers’ room when she and her manager, Robyn Meisinger, had a frank discussion about dating during quarantine. Through that conversation, Meisinger shared that she had begun seeing someone she met virtually. The wheels started turning in Johnson’s head.

“Not just people looking for love because they’re lonely, but people that are quarantining at home with their families or quarantining in a marriage and aren’t used to being together 24/7,” Johnson told ET of the idea’s origination. “I read a few articles and I started to think of ideas and interesting dynamics that could be [explored].” A quick email pitch to Freeform

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Quarantine requirements may delay return to in-person school

Shannon Silver had planned to take her family on a trip from her home in Connecticut to visit relatives in Ohio just before the start of the school year for her two children.

But she and her husband reversed course when people traveling from Ohio were added to a list of those who must quarantine for 14 days upon entering Connecticut. That requirement might have meant her 10-year-old son would miss the first day of sixth grade at St. Matthew School in Bristol.

“We weren’t going to do that, especially at the beginning of the school year,” Silver said. “Plus, he really didn’t want to miss the last two weeks of summer by having to quarantine.”

The family instead went to see other relatives in Colorado, which wasn’t on the list.

As states around the country require visitors from areas with high rates of coronavirus infections to quarantine upon arrival,

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Missing movie theaters in quarantine? Head to drive-ins at Sony Pictures and Walmart

The country is starting to open up after months of lockdown, yet social distancing and sanitary precautions are still important as ever. And although theater chains like AMC are gearing up to return in August, taking in a drive-in movie may sound appealing, especially for families.

Drive-in movie theaters have the advantages of in-person viewing while staying in the comfort, privacy and safety of your own vehicle. Social distancing is built-in, as cars are often parked six or more feet away from each other, and proper COVID-19 protocols make it easier to have fun yet stay safe.

We’ve put together a list of old and newly converted drive-ins across the country for you to check out. Scroll through to see if there’s one near you:

A user’s guide to drive-in movie theaters:  Staying safe and having fun

Nationwide

Walmart

Price: Free, but must be secured ahead of time online.

Website: 

Read More