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Where can I go on holiday now?

Posted on January 20, 2021 by Ria Wong
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Coronavirus scuppered many of our travel plans for 2020. But with vaccines being rolled out, things are looking up if you’re planning to travel later on this year.

Travel ban

Due to current lockdown restrictions in the UK, we can only offer Single Trip Travel Insurance policies that begin on or after 1 March 2021.

You can still take out an Annual Travel Insurance policy, but we are unable to cover policyholders for any travel made between 5 January and 1 March 2021.

We hope we’ll be able to travel soon, but it’s worth noting that 1 March 2021 is subject to change based on local and national government lockdown restrictions.

Which countries can I visit without having to quarantine upon arrival?

Currently, UK holidaymakers are unable to travel abroad due to lockdown restrictions and the indefinite suspension of travel corridors. Travel corridors were a list of destinations that UK holidaymakers could visit without having to quarantine – either upon arrival at your destination or when you get back to the UK.

As of 18 January 2021, UK national governments suspended all travel corridors arriving in England, Scotland and Wales to contain the spread of COVID-19.

If you arrive in England, Scotland or Wales from anywhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you will now need to self-isolate for 10 days and provide a negative COVID-19 test result before you board, and upon arrival.

For more information, please visit the FCDO website.

Which countries require a negative COVID-19 test result for entry?

More and more destinations are requesting a negative COVID-19 test result from travellers before allowing entry, including England, Scotland and Wales. The entry requirements vary from country-to-country, so be sure to check all destination information before you travel.

Getting a COVID-19 test for travel

If you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel abroad you will need to arrange and pay for a private test. Do your research beforehand and make sure the laboratory doing the test is UKAS certified. The cost for private tests ranges between £89 and £295.

You should not use the NHS testing service.

Always check FCDO travel advice

Travel is not like it once was. You should expect disruption worldwide as countries introduce new border closures, movement restrictions and quarantine rules at short notice.

The FCDO recommends that travellers should be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned, so anyone with pre-existing medical conditions should pack extra medication and details of prescriptions when travelling abroad as a precaution.

Ria Wong

by Ria Wong

Ria Wong is Staysure’s Content Manager. She’s keen on long weekends away to places with good food, and enjoys a spot of DIY on the weekends.