The UK Government has been relaxing lockdown measures in order to ease restrictions and help kick start the economy, however many restrictions remain in place, in particular regarding travelling abroad. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, you need to be aware of the safety protocols in police for both your destination and on return to the UK.

Travel Corridors

There are certain countries which have been considered less risky to travel to than others. The UK Government has produced a list of countries which are exempt from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s all but essential international travel requirement. Anyone returning from one of these countries are currently not subject to any quarantine requirements on their return. There were 70 countries included on the list as of the 27th August 2020.

The UK may not have any restrictions in place for a certain country but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be reciprocated, you should research if there are any quarantine or safety measures in place for travelers arriving from the UK in your destination country. Before travelling, also note that even flight transfers or transit stops in countries not on the exempt list will require 14 days in quarantine upon return.

Be Prepared

With all the new precautionary measures in place around travel due to the coronavirus pandemic there is now even more planning required and factors to consider before going abroad. Consider the following guidance when going through the planning process:

  • Keep up to date with any developments and restrictions for your destination and the UK. This includes entry restrictions, mandatory quarantines and screening.
  • Check how the pandemic may have affected you travel insurance.
  • Stay in contact with all transport and accommodation providers for up to date information.
  • Make sure to plan ahead for potential increased screening throughout you travel.
  • You can use the following link to sign up for updates about your destination and local health developments.
  • Have proof of a recent COVID-19 test ready if the country you are travelling to requires it.
  • Within 48 hours of returning, have details prepared regarding your journey and contact tracing details.

Uncertain Times

In the current situation, there are lots of uncertainties and between the time of planning a trip, to departure and returning home, there are many factors that can change on short notice. Due to this, anyone planning on travelling abroad needs to stay up to date and be ready for developments to change their plans.


For more information about travelling abroad or any other insurance questions please contact Bullerwell & Co Ltd today.