Following its latest weekly review, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has added five new holiday hotspots to the quarantine-free travel list. Holidaymakers in England can now jet off to Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadine from Tuesday without the need for a mandatory 14-day period of self-isolation upon their return home.
Though the countries were initially excluded from the government’s list of “safe” destinations, following “risk assessment reviews” they have since been added.
Reviews continue to be made to the list with regards to individual nations and their current coronavirus standing.
An FCO spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “We are monitoring the international situation very closely and keeping our travel advice under constant review so that it reflects our latest assessment of risks to British people.”
The FCO adds that it is prepared to make sudden changes to any country’s place on the list if coronavirus rates rapidly increase.
Holidays: The Foreign Office has added five new destinations to the quarantine-free travel list
Slovakia is one of the five new nations added to the list
Britons are reminded that each nation has its own entry requirements and that UK travellers should follow the advice of relevant authorities when holidaying in each country.
The entry requirements for each of the five new quarantine-free travel list additions according to the FCO website at the time of writing are as follows:
According to the FCO: “From July 17, travellers from the UK will no longer be subject to 14-day quarantine, on arrival to Slovenia.”
It adds: “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.”
Face masks or coverings are also mandatory in Slovenia when in public areas where social distancing is not possible.
This includes in shops and on public transport.
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The FCO states: “Travellers arriving in Estonia from the UK are not required to self-isolate.”
Face masks are currently not mandatory in Estonia.
UK citizens travelling to Slovakia do not face any entry restrictions according to the FCO.
It explains: “You may enter Slovakia without restrictions if you have spent all of the previous 14 days in a country listed on the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
“As of 20 July, this includes the UK.”
Face masks are required on public transport, however the rules are being relaxed.
The FCO states: “Wearing face masks outside is no longer required but it remains compulsory in most indoor situations.”
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“From July 10, travellers arriving in Latvia from the UK are not required to self-isolate for 14 days,” the FCO website explains.
Passengers are subject to some entry requirements.
The FCO continues: “From July 16, all passengers are required on arrival to complete and hand to their transport provider a contact form giving contact details, listing the countries visited in the previous 14 days, and undertaking to comply with the epidemiological security measures established in Latvia.”
According to Baltic News Network, as of July 1 the requirement to wear face masks when on public transport was lifted for residents.
It is not clear what the rules are for visitors.
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St Vincent and the Grenadine
According to the FCO website: “From July 1 2020, the new entry requirements into St Vincent and the Grenadines for all travellers include [the] completion of a COVID-19 questionnaire and PCR testing on arrival and 24-hour quarantine (await results in home or hotel).
“However, persons arriving with negative antibody tests results (test done within the last five days) and negative PCR result (test within the last two days) would not be required to quarantine.”
Though face masks are not mandatory at all times in public, there are some rules.
“Some shops or businesses may still require customers to wear face masks, or to wash or sanitise hands before entry, or adhere to three to six feet space markings when queuing,” explains the FCO.
It adds that social distancing is “recommended but rarely enforced” in many gatherings.