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Winter holidays 2020: Full list of safest quarantine-free winter sun & snow destinations

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Winter holidays 2020: These are the safest UK quarantine-free destinations for both sun and snow (Image: Getty Images)

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Winter sun or snowy ski destinations are big on the holiday list for many folk at this time of year. But with travel so disrupted at the moment, it can be difficult to know where in the world one can travel. While some of the UK’s winter hotspots – and indeed coldspots – are firmly off the current travel corridor list, other destinations are still a possibility.

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Every week, travel consultancy The PC Agency shares the latest figures for winter holiday destinations, be it for sunny climes or powdered slopes, along with its travel advice.

The PC Agency examines countries’ seven-day rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000.

In the latest update, CEO Paul Charles posted on Twitter: “There’s plenty of potential to open up more travel corridors when combined with a shorter quarantine period after re-entering the #UK and then a negative test result.”

Unsurprisingly, most of the winter sun is to be found outside Europe, with plenty of countries still on the UK’s ‘safe’ list (although many have their own entry restrictions). European options are unfortunately more limited.

These are the safest UK quarantine-free destinations for both winter sun and snow, ranked according to ease of travel.

READ MORE: Spain holidays: Latest travel advice for Spain, Canaries and Balearics

Winter holidays 2020: Unsurprisingly, most of the winter sun is to be found outside Europe (Image: Getty Images)

Safest UK quarantine-free destinations for winter sun

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The Caribbean and the Indian ocean are your best bet for this. Asian destinations might be safer, statistics-wise, but they also have much stricter rules in place.

St Kitts & Nevis

Island country St Kitts & Nevis has a seven-day rate of 0.0 making it the safest Caribbean destination. 

Although closed at the time of writing, St Kitts & Nevis will welcome visitors to its shores from Saturday, October 31, 2020.

It’s understood travellers will need to submit proof of a negative coronavirus test completed within 72 hours of travel before entering the country. Further testing during your stay may also be required.

Maldives

The Maldives has the highest rate of the winter sun destinations at 44.6 – but remains in the “green” zone, according to The PC Agency.

Travellers to the country must present a negative covid test issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure. Only those who fail temperature checks and screening procedures on arrival will have to quarantine.

Cyprus

Cyprus is the only European winter sun destination to feature on the chart and has a high “red” rate of 106.7 but is still clearly deemed safe enough for travel by the British government.

Tourists will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel but no quarantine is required.

Antigua

Anyone arriving by air in Antigua (which has a rate of 10.3) and Barbuda, including those transiting the country, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than seven days before arrival.

Your pre-booked accommodation must be on the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List.

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St Lucia

St Lucia has a rate of 8.8 and any visitors must confirm their reservations at a COVID-19 certified property ahead of travel and prove they have tested negatively for the virus taken seven days or less before travel to St Lucia.

Guests are allowed to stay at two different hotels during their trip and are allowed to leave their accommodation to participate in 10 certified tours and excursions.

Barbados

Barbados has a rate of 2.8. You’ll need a negative covid test and will need to “quarantine at government-approved facilities (a designated holding hotel or approved villa at your own expense, or a government facility free of charge), and undertake a further test four to five days after the first accepted negative test. If this second test is negative you will no longer be subject to quarantine,” said the FCDO.

Seychelles

Likewise, in the Seychelles – where the rate is 4.1 – tourists must show a negative covid test and then “stay in a designated hotel/establishment and may not leave the premises for five days,” stated the FCDO.

“Another COVID-19 test will be performed on the fifth day of your stay. Following a negative test result, visitors will be free to travel.”

Mauritius

Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean off the south-east coast of Africa, is next up with a rate of 2.2.

The Mauritian government is allowing visitors from the United Kingdom but under strict conditions.

The FCDO explains: “To enter Mauritius, you must: Book airline travel and accommodation via the official Mauritian Tourism Promotion Agency website; undergo a period of ‘in-room’ quarantine in a government-approved hotel on a full board basis for 14 days on arrival; take a COVID-19 test no more than seven days before your departure for Mauritius and demonstrate a negative test result on entry; take a COVID-19 test on the day of arrival and on day seven and day 14 of your stay. If at any point, you receive a positive test result, you will be transferred to a public medical facility for treatment.”

The Mauritian government is allowing visitors from the United Kingdom but under strict conditions (Image: Getty Images)

Vietnam

According to The PC Agency’s chart, which used data from October 24, Vietnam is the safest country of them if you’re after sunshine (but only if you can get in).

Vietnam has a rate of 0.0. However, according to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) the country has currently “suspended visa waivers, issuing of visas and the entry into Vietnam for all foreign nationals, except for a small number of diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers.”

For now, it’s uncertain when Vietnam will open its borders to tourists again.

Thailand

Thailand comes close with a rate of 0.1. However, at present “only certain categories of foreign nationals are permitted to enter or transit Thailand,” said the FCDO.

The country recently introduced a new “Special Tourist Visa” programme but only visitors from low-risk countries can apply at the moment – and the UK is deemed high-risk.

Singapore

Fellow Asian country Singapore has a slightly higher rate of 0.9 but, as with its neighbours, won’t yet admit international travellers.

It’s understood to be exploring ways to safely open its borders but when it will do so for Britons is not known.

Malaysia

Next up is Malaysia, with a higher rate of 18.0. However, entry to Malaysia for all British nationals is prohibited although there are some exemptions (who will still have to quarantine for 14 days in a designated Government facility and pay the costs).

The country is reportedly planning to reopen its tourism by the first quarter of 2021.

Winter holidays 2020: The UK travel corridor list is updated every week (Image: Express)

Safest UK quarantine-free destinations for snow

Scandinavian countries come up trumps in this category, with popular destinations for the slopes such as Austria, France, Italy, Germany currently on the UK’s quarantine list.

Sweden

Sweden has a high rate of 69.3, placing it in the “amber” zone but is the easiest holiday destination as it has no entry restrictions in place for UK travellers.

Norway

Norway makes for the safest wintry destination with a rate of 20.6.

However, Britons will need to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.

Finland

Finland is up next with a rate of 24.3 but Finnish borders currently remain closed to non-resident foreign nationals entering the country, with some exemptions.

Travel restrictions in place between the UK and Finland are reviewed weekly, and the Finnish Government has announced a new testing based model will be introduced on 23 November.

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