Current as of Thursday 3rd December

Rules around travel are subject to change as governments get to grips with the pandemic, but it is possible to travel in some circumstances. Here, we've answered your most pressing questions and provided a list of everywhere you can travel to without quarantine.

Can I travel abroad from England?

International travel is permitted whether you live in a tier 1, tier 2 or tier 3 area of the country.

Can I travel abroad from Scotland?

Scotland has four different levels of restrictions. Within levels 1 and 2 it is fine to travel abroad, even if that means passing through a level 3 or 4 area.

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Cosy spots like the Ebrington Arms in Gloucestershire will reopen on Dec 2 / Image: theebringtonarms.co.uk

Can I travel within the UK?

It is possible to travel within England, with hotels and self-catering accommodation open in tier 1 and tier 2 areas. However, the government is advising people to limit the number of journeys they take in tier 2 areas, and people should not travel into or out of tier 3 areas unless necessary.

Travel between England and Scotland is currently prohibited by the Scottish government, and travel within Scotland is limited to areas currently at levels 1 or 2.

Northern Ireland is currently in lockdown until mid-December, limiting all travel in and out of the region.

Will I have to quarantine on my return from abroad?

England and Scotland have opened travel corridors to some countries, meaning you can travel abroad and will not need to quarantine on your return. However, those countries may require you to quarantine when you arrive. See below for a list of the destinations that you can fly to with easyJet that do not currently require quarantine at either end of your journey.

If you travel to a country that’s not linked by a travel corridor, you will need to quarantine for 14 days on your return. And be aware that travel corridors may be closed while you are abroad.

What are the rules around the government’s new 'Test to Release' plan?

From December 15 a new ‘Test to Release’ system will mean anyone arriving in England who is required to quarantine will only need to do so for five days, if they pay for a Covid-19 test after the fifth day and the result is negative. An approved list of private providers of Covid tests will be published on the gov.uk site, and the test results will take a day or two to come back.

People are advised to book their test before arriving back in England. And, if you choose to take a test, you will need to state this on your passenger locator form.

Do I need to fill out a passenger locator form?

Yes. Any citizen returning to the UK from anywhere outside the Common Travel Area (that's England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) needs to fill out the government's passenger locator form online before they re-enter the country.

For more peace of mind, check out easyJet's latest travel information

FLYING OUT OF ENGLAND?

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Find out if Gran Canaria the right destination for you / Image: Adobe Stock

You can travel to, and return from, the following destinations without needing to quarantine at either end of your journey. 

THE CANARY ISLANDS (BUT NOT THE REST OF SPAIN)
All tourists over the age of six must take a Covid-19 test 48 to 72 hours before travelling, or on arrival, to be able to stay in the Canaries.

GIBRALTAR
All arriving travellers must complete Gibraltar's own passenger locator form. If you are not arriving from the UK, or have visited another country in the past 14 days, you may need to isolate for five days on arrival or take a test.

THE GREEK ISLANDS OF CORFU, CRETE, RHODES, ZANTE AND KOS (BUT NOT THE REST OF GREECE)
You must complete Greece's own passenger locator form at least 24 hours before your arrival, and you may be required to take a test upon arrival. 

MADEIRA (BUT NOT THE REST OF PORTUGAL)
Travellers must submit a questionnaire before departure or on arrival. If you have it, you can upload proof of a negative Covid-19 test carried out 72 hours before departure. Otherwise you will be asked to show your test result at the airport, or you can take a test at the airport free of charge and then self-isolate at your accommodation until the results come back within about 12 hours.

FLYING OUT OF SCOTLAND?

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Discover the most thrilling parts of Madeira island / Image: Adobe Stock

The Scottish government prohibits any travel outside any areas that are in levels 3 or 4. Within levels 1 or 2 you can travel to the following destinations without needing to quarantine at either end of your journey.

THE CANARY ISLANDS (BUT NOT THE REST OF SPAIN)
All tourists over the age of six must take a Covid-19 test 48 to 72 hours before travelling, or on arrival, to be able to stay in the Canaries.

GIBRALTAR
All arriving travellers must complete Gibraltar's own passenger locator form. If you are not arriving from the UK, or have visited another country in the past 14 days, you may need to isolate for five days on arrival or take a test.

THE GREEK ISLANDS OF CORFU, CRETE, RHODES, ZANTE AND KOS (BUT NOT THE REST OF GREECE)
You must complete Greece's own passenger locator form at least 24 hours before your arrival, and you may be required to take a test upon arrival. 

MADEIRA (BUT NOT THE REST OF PORTUGAL)
Travellers must submit a questionnaire before departure or on arrival. If you have it, you can upload proof of a negative Covid-19 test carried out 72 hours before departure. Otherwise you will be asked to show your test result at the airport, or you can take a test at the airport free of charge and then self-isolate at your accommodation until the results come back within about 12 hours.

FLYING OUT OF NORTHERN IRELAND?

The Northern Irish government advises against foreign travel while the country is in lockdown.