Slovenia - Open from 28th July

Open from 28th July No quarantine Flights scheduled

As of 28th July travellers returning from Slovenia will not need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Practical Info

Time zone: GMT +2
Currency: Euro
Power adapter: Type C and Type F - these are both two round pins.
Flight time: Average 2 hours 15 minutes

Slovenia just might be one of Europe's best kept secrets, though it has become more popular in recent years. Nestled between the alps and the Adriatic sea, it is a stunning country which prides itself on being a relaxing nature destination. What it lacks in coastline (Italy blocks most of the coast!) it makes up for in crystal clear mountain lakes.

Any trip to Slovenia really isn't complete without a trip to Bled, this alpine lake shines a bright turquoise and on the small island in the lake's center is the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria. Plus, in the north-eastern part of the lake you can find relaxing thermal springs.

Thinking of taking the family to Slovenia? Then make sure you visit one of the amazing thermal water parks. Our favourite is Terme Catez, with over 10,000 m2 of thermal pools, a 450m lazy river and a pirate island!

Iceland - Open now

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 choose to take a test instead of isolating, and if they test negative, carry on to travel around Iceland.

Practical Info

Time zone: GMT
Currency: Icelandic króna
Power adapter: Type C and Type F - these are both two round pins.
Flight time: Average 3 hours

Iceland is a great choice for a post-lockdown getaway. The whole country is home to just 300,000 people, half of whom live in the capital. Once you've driven away from Reykjavik you can go a whole day without seeing another soul, which makes staying six feet away an absolute breeze.

You might think Iceland is more suited to a winter getaway (and don't get us wrong it's worth going then too!) but there's plenty of reasons to visit in the summer. Firstly, in the summer months Iceland sees about 21-hours of daylight, meaning you can pack more into each day. Summer is also the best time to see one of the world's largest colonies of Puffins, as they don't hang around for the chilly winter months.

If you're looking for inspiration for what to do whilst you are there then check out our travel guide below.

Barbados - Open now

Open No quarantine Flights scheduled

If you're looking beyond Europe, then why not visit Barbados? It opened to visitors from July 12th.

Practical Info

Time zone: GMT -4
Currency: Barbados Dollar
Power adapter: Type A and Type B.
Flight time: Average 8 hours 40 minutes

Barbados recently announced that they would pay for you move to the island and remote work from there for up to a year- so if you're tired of working from home then why not work from Barbados instead (in fact what am I still doing sitting here?!).

You don't have to go for a year though, Barbados is an excellent choice for your summer holiday. An island in the Caribbean, the picture paints itself. Imagine white sand beaches, tropical weather, and rum. The beaches here are spectacular, with crystal clear blue waters - and if you time your trip right you may even be lucky enough to see turtles hatching.

Inland you can take a historic distillery tour, and find out how Barbados became the birthplace of rum. Mount Gay have been making rum for over 300 years - you can find out how it is made and even try some on your tour.

Foreign Office advice, and government policy of the country you visit, can change at any time so you should always do your own research, check that your travel insurance covers you for any changes you expect and satisfy yourself that your trip is safe.

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