Changes are underway – almost every day. So where can you go and what can or can't you do while there?
For many of us who are practically limited to barracks, does it really matter if we have to isolate ourselves at home?
Everything you need to know is here.
Short distances …
Cases: 23,947 Deaths: 482
entry requirements: Visitors must complete a passenger search form (travel.gov.gr) at least 24 hours prior to departure. Free quarantine on return, except Mykonos. There are different rules for Scotland and Wales: gov.scot or gov.wales.
While there: Face masks compulsory in indoor public spaces. Local bans could be imposed.
IT'S A DEAL: Seven nights with half board at the MarBella Corfu Hotel from £ 969 per person in October with flights (soweign.com).
cases: 2.285 Deaths: 25
entry requirements: Must provide proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of travel and complete a Cyprus flight passport form (cyprusflightpass.gov.cy) 24 hours prior to departure.
While there: Face masks must be worn in closed public spaces.
IT'S A DEAL: Seven nights all inclusive at the Louis Sofianna Resort, Paphos, starting November 8th from £ 442 at tui.co.uk.
In Portugal, face masks are mandatory in public transport as well as in restaurants, bars and shops
Cases: 93.294 Deaths: 2.128
Entry requirements: Health checks on arrival in mainland Portugal. For Madeira, Porto Santo and the Azores, a negative Covid-19 test is required before arrival. Those who test positive must isolate until a negative test is returned. No UK travel corridor. The Foreign Office advises against non-essential trips to mainland Portugal.
While there: Face masks are mandatory in public transport, restaurants, bars and shops. In Madeira, they must be worn inside and out in public places. Public gatherings across Portugal are now limited to five people.
IT'S A DEAL: Seven nights with breakfast at Belmond Reid & # 39; s Palace Madeira from £ 1,449 per person in November including flights (trailfinders.com).
Cases: 102,407 Deaths: 5,910
entry requirements: None.
While there: Masks not required in public or public transport.
IT'S A DEAL: Four nights at Brandon Lodge in the stunning Lulea Archipelago from £ 1,643 per person including flights, excursions and meals (remove-the-world.com).
The sale of alcohol is prohibited in Berlin between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Bars and restaurants in Frankfurt and Munich close at 10 p.m.
Cases: 349.639 Deaths: 9.816
entry requirements: Restrictions vary. Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, North East England, North West England, the Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber Region are "High Risk". Travelers from these areas must prove a negative test.
While there: The country is about to face a second national lockdown. The sale of alcohol is prohibited in Berlin between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. In Frankfurt and Munich, bars and restaurants close at 10 p.m., with similar restrictions in several other major cities.
IT'S A DEAL: Ryanair returned flights from Stansted to Berlin from £ 47 in December (ryanair.com). Three nights with breakfast for two people at the Hotel Amano in Berlin from £ 266 (amanogroup.de).
cases: 13.133 Deaths: 350
entry requirements: As of November 23, UK tourists should be allowed to travel without quarantine for up to 72 hours and prove a negative test upon arrival. If the visit exceeds 72 hours, they must be quarantined for 72 hours and then run a second test.
While there: Face masks are recommended in public transport, at airports and when indoor social distancing is not possible.
IT'S A DEAL: Four nights with breakfast at the Luosto Hotel in Lapland with flights from Gatwick on December 2nd from £ 694 per person with tui.co.uk.
To enter Italy, the British must take a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of traveling. Otherwise you have to be taken with you on arrival in the country
Cases: 381,602 Deaths: 36.372
entry requirements: A negative test taken within 72 hours of starting your trip. Otherwise you have to be picked up on arrival (free / £ 11 depending on the airport) with results in an hour. However, prior testing is recommended as anyone who tests positive must be quarantined. Italy was removed from the list of UK travel corridors on Thursday. The Foreign Office advises against non-essential travel.
While there: Face masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors, except in private homes.
IT'S A DEAL: Seven nights with breakfast in Marina Riviera on the Amalfi Coast from £ 899 per person (savings of £ 91 per person) in October with flights (citalia.com).
cases: 921.375 Deaths: 33.553
entry requirements: Complete a form at spth.gob.es 48 hours before departure. A QR code will be sent upon arrival. No UK travel corridor. And the Foreign Office advises against non-essential travel.
While there: Restrictions vary by region. Masks for public indoor and outdoor areas.
IT'S A DEAL: Seven nights with half board at the Costa Canaria Hotel on Gran Canaria from November 2nd from £ 593 at tui.co.uk.
In critical areas of France, including Paris (pictured) and Marseille, the wearing of masks is mandatory in closed public spaces and outdoors
cases: 809.684 Deaths: 33.125
entry requirements: Arrivals must fill out a statement stating that they have no symptoms and have not been in contact with cases for 14 days. No UK travel corridor. The Foreign Office advises against non-essential travel.
While there: In critical areas, including Paris and Marseille, the wearing of masks in enclosed public spaces and outdoors is mandatory. The bars in Paris were closed for two weeks on October 5th. This week, a curfew on restaurants, theaters, bars and similar shops began at 9 p.m. there and in other cities.
IT'S A DEAL: Seven nights only at the Amaryllis Hotel in Nice from £ 284 per person in January with flights (onthebeach.co.uk).
Long distance …
Arrivals on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia shown must have a confirmed reservation in a Covid-19 certified accommodation
cases: 31 Deaths: 0
entry requirements: A negative test taken within seven days of flying and filling out a form: stlucia.org/en_UK/covid-19. Temperature controls at the airport.
While there: Arrivals must have a confirmed reservation in a Covid-19 certified property. Guests must stay at their hotel and only leave for activities organized by the property.
IT'S A DEAL: The rooms at Windjammer Landing (windjammer-landing.com) in St. Lucia are 50 percent cheaper from November 19 to December 18, 2021 if they are booked by December 19. Seven night stays are £ 731 per person. BA (ba.com) London to St. Lucia from £ 430 round-trip.
cases: 218 Deaths: 7
entry requirements: Complete the online immigration form 24 hours prior to travel (travelform.gov.bb) and get a negative test up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
While there: A second test is also required four or five days after the first test (free of charge). While waiting for results that should be returned overnight, visitors must stay at their certified hotel.
IT'S A DEAL: Seven nights with breakfast at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion In November from £ 1,775 including flights (70 percent discount) (elegantresorts.co.uk).
On the island of Antigua shown, guests can leave the hotel, but face masks are required in public spaces
cases: 112 Deaths: 3
entry requirements: A negative test carried out within seven days of flight and the completion of a health declaration form. Visitors are monitored for 14 days and additional tests, costing up to $ 100, are possible. Must book certified accommodation (visitantiguabarbuda.com).
While there: Guests can leave the hotel, but face masks are required in public places.
IT'S A DEAL: Seven nights with breakfast in Carlisle Bay from £ 2,035 per person in November including flights (soweign.com).
cases: 149 Deaths: 0
entry requirements: On arrival, show proof of a negative test taken within 48 hours of arrival and spend five days in isolation at an authorized hotel. The tests performed on the fifth day and the results take up to 24 hours. If this is negative, tourists can explore the islands.
While there: While isolation in an authorized hotel, guests can use pools and private beaches and dine in restaurants that do not belong to others. Face masks in public transport, in stores, and outdoors when social distancing is not an option.
IT'S A DEAL: Seven nights with breakfast at Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resort from £ 1,253 per person including flights in December (ba.com).
If you're traveling to Bermuda, as shown, pack a thermometer. This is because temperatures have to be measured twice a day and reported online
cases: 185 Deaths: 9
entry requirements: Show evidence of a negative test taken within seven days and apply for travel authorization (£ 58) three days in advance of the flight to cover testing costs on arrival (gov.bm/coronavirus-travellers). Results usually within 24 hours and tests on the fourth and eighth day of stay.
While there: Take a thermometer with you: temperatures must be measured twice a day and reported online. Face masks must be worn indoors when social distancing is not an option.
IT'S A DEAL: Seven nights with breakfast at Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa from £ 1,649 per person in March with flights (no direct flights). Book by October 31st for stays through March 31st (prestigeholidays.co.uk).
Choosing the rest
ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES: British tourists must arrive at an approved hotel with a negative test and quarantine until a second negative test result is obtained. No direct flights.
DOMINICA: British tourists must fill out the online form and arrive with a negative test. Pinprick test at the airport and quarantine for five days.
CUBA: Some areas are open to UK tourists, but no direct flights. Tui will resume package tours and direct flights on November 7th.
RUSSIA: British tourists have been welcome since August 1st with a negative test taken within 72 hours of travel. No UK travel corridor.
* Information and regulations correct at the time of publication.
HOW TO BE TESTED BEFORE FLYING
More and more countries, including Italy, Cyprus and Barbados, are requiring travelers to submit a negative Covid-19 PCR test result prior to their arrival. This is how it works:
- The timeframe for your test ranges from seven days to 72 hours before you travel or arrive – check out what applies to you and consider time zones too. Age limits for children vary.
- Travel tests are not available in the NHS. You need to visit a private clinic or use an online service that publishes a kit. Search "How to Take a Coronavirus Self-Test Swab" on YouTube for a helpful NHS video. Some laboratories have less service on weekends. When time is short, deliver your sample in person or by courier instead of relying on the post office.
- The price varies considerably. Your airline may have a connection to a test provider – British Airways uses CityDoc (citydoc.org.uk), with a passenger cost starting at £ 93. Nomad Travel (nomadtravel.co.uk) has clinics in six UK cities with fees starting at £ 160. If you're in a hurry, a same day test at Fleetstreetclinic.com in London costs £ 495.
- Your result and a test certificate will usually be emailed to you within 48 hours (remember to check your spam folder). If negative, print out the test certificate, fill out any other required online forms and enjoy your vacation.
- If your test is positive, cancel your trip. You may be able to rebook or file a claim if your insurance company has Covid-19 coverage – some post office guidelines (postoffice.co.uk/travel-insurance).
BY NIGEL TISDALL
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