Get the deckchairs out!

Restrictions are lifting. Holidays are back. 😎


The Holiday Extras Deckchair Index

Updated 3rd July: Today the UK government announced the new list of countries we can fly to and from without having to go into quarantine. That means that for the first time since March, from July 4th British holidaymakers will be able to head out on holiday hassle-free. And with more than 50% of the UK's favourite holiday destinations now letting visitors in without requiring any quarantine on arrival, holidays really are back.


Latest updates: July 3rd

The big news today is the big list of countries it's safe to fly to without isolating when we get home. While not all of those countries currently admit British tourists - in some cases only with a 14-day quarantine and in some cases not at all - our lists below round up the places that we can both enter and exit freely, sometimes with a covid test or health check but no requirement for a quarantine at either end.


We've created a rolling monthly tracker of which countries have already announced when they'll be putting the deckchairs out for British holidaymakers, so we can all see at a glance how the prospects of a proper summer holiday are getting better. How did we get to 55% for July? Find out how it works.


Hassle-free destinations

Hassle-free

Here's the main countries that, from 4th July, we can fly to completely hassle-free. That's countries that will let us in without requiring us to quarantine before we can go on holiday; that we won't have to quarantine at home once we come back from; and which have flights running from UK airports so we can actually get there!

Open with restrictions

These destinations never closed

Much of the world is already open to UK visitors, even if you have to quaratine when you come back. So if - like 42% of UK holidaymakers - you don't mind another couple of weeks indoors when you come back, here's some more options for your next trip.

Where can you fly soon?

Europe is re-opening

Every month we've been asking UK holidaymakers when they expect to get on a plane again and where they want to go. In June, more than 50% of travellers said that they expect to fly again before the end of 2020, and every month 10%-15% keep telling us they'll be on the first plane the government says is safe!



The science behind the 'Deckchair Index'

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Update: 3rd July Every day we review what's being said by tourism ministers and the travel industry in all of our major markets - we're not just reading the UK travel news but running news search algorithms over newspapers from all over the world, especially in places like Spain, Italy, Turkey, Cyprus and Italy where we all like to go on holiday. We combine that with the Office of National Statistics' data on where we flew in 2018 (the last full year for which there's data), taking the percentage of trips that went to a country as the index number. That's how for July we get an index of 55% - mainly that's Spain's 22%, but also 6% from Italy (opened to all tourism on June 3rd), Iceland (15th June), The Maldives (July), as well as Cyprus, Greece and Portugal which are all discussing plans to allow British tourists back in July.


More information


Belgium

Open No quarantine Flights scheduled

Belgium re-opened to international holidaymakers on 15th June. The Eurostar currently has a significantly reduced service. From 8th June bars, restaurants and some tourist attractions began to re-open.


Croatia - Open now

Open No quarantine Flights scheduled

Croatia prides itself on one of the mildest covid outbreaks in Europe if not the world, and is open to European visitors - including the UK - right now.


Cyprus

Closed No quarantine Flights scheduled

Borders started to re-open from 9th June begin to tourists from European countries regarded as having dealt well with the pandemic. Thirteen 'category A' countries face no restrictions and six in 'category B' countries must provide a health certificate with a negative test results or pay for a test when they enter.


France

Open No quarantine Flights scheduled

Arrivals coming from countries that have imposed quarantine measures are required to self-isolate for fourteen days on arrival in France, but with France on the UK's non-quarantine list from 10th July we're free to visit once more. Shops, restaurants, bars, museums, beaches and parks are permitted to re-open. Cross-channel ferries opperated by P&O and DFDS are running a reduced service. Eurostar is running a limited service between Paris and London and for vehicle crossings, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is operating a reduced service.


Germany

Open No quarantine Flights scheduled

Borders re-opened on 15th June.


Greece

Closed No quarantine Flights scheduled

From 15th July: Greece now expects to admit British tourists from 15th July, according to the latest statements from Greek government spokesperson Stelios Petsas.


Iceland

Open No quarantine Flights scheduled

Iceland never really closed, permitting visitors all the way through the global lockdown so long as they took a test and self-isolated for 14 days on arrival. The government of Iceland eased these restrictions on 15th June so now visitors may take a test and, if negative, carry on to travel around Iceland.


Ireland

Quarantine for UK mainland arrivals No quarantine Flights scheduled

Flights and ferry services continue to operate between Ireland and the UK for essential journies. Currently, all arrivals are subject to a fourteen day self-isolation. UK holidaymakers will be exempt from self-isolation on return home but dates have not been confirmed.


Italy

Open No quarantine Flights scheduled

Borders are open to all international tourists! There are no self-isolation measures for arrivals from the UK. Parks are open. Bars and restaurants can sell takeaway food, non-essential shops and museums are open.


Malta

Closed No quarantine Flights scheduled

Borders are already open to passengers from Sardinia and Sicily (Italy), Slovakia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, Latvia, Switzerland, Norway, Estonia, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, Czech Republic and Ireland, and are expected to re-open to the UK on July 15th.


Poland

Open No quarantine Flights scheduled

Borders opened to holidaymakers on 13th June, and arrivals from the UK are no longer required to self-isolate. Travel to cities, national parks and beaches is now permitted. Hotels, shops, restaurants, bars, museums and galleries are open.


Portugal - Open but with restrictions

Open 2-week quarantine Flights scheduled

Portugal has been open to UK visitors since the middle of June, with some exceptions for Madeira and the Azores, and was the first country to propose an "air bridge" for tourists from the UK. Even though the air bridge plan was scrapped, British visitors to anywhere else in Portugal need only take a health screening and temperature check on arrival.


Spain

Open No quarantine Flights scheduled

Borders re-opened to European visitors (including UK holidaymakers) on June 21st, with visitors from further afield allowed back from 1st July subject to some restrictions. Entry from outside Europe will be dependant on coming from a country with low levels of the coronavirus - Spanish officials have expressed particular concern about Russia and the USA, which are both banned from the EU. Many hotels are allowed to re-open now but without communal dining.