BRITS wanting to go on holiday have been left confused after the government announced the 74 countries which will be exempt from the UK quarantine.
Yet of those 74 countries, only 25 of them are currently letting Brits into the country unrestricted.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) published a separate list of 67 destinations which are exempt from its advisory against all non-essential travel.
But analysis by travel consultancy The PC Agency and consumer research agency AudienceNet found that just 25 locations included on the lists do not have border controls that stop English visitors entering.
Others are either closed to international flights or impossible to enter without quarantine or coronavirus testing, according to the analysis.
Greece, a popular holidays destination for Brits, is included on the list despite flights being banned until July 15.
Cyprus is not letting Brits in until August 1, while other countries such as Australia and Turkey have coronavirus testing or quarantine restrictions.
Countries in Europe including Hungary and the Netherlands still restrict Brits, along with the Caribbean islands.
Full list of countries with unrestricted travel
- Czech Republic
- Faroe Islands
- Malta (from July 15)
- San Marino
- South Georgia and Sandwich Islands
- Vatican City
The PC Agency chief executive Paul Charles said: “Consumers are confused by the two lists produced by Government, as it’s just not clear which countries are actually accessible without having to quarantine on arrival.
“Our research shows that holidaymakers and business travellers from England can only enter 25 countries, out of 74 on the DfT list, without being quarantined.
“It’s vital that the Government provides clarity to consumers who are booking, and provides just one list that is accurate and up to date in terms of where we can actually access.”
Emma Coulthurst, consumer advocate for price comparison site TravelSupermarket, said: “The Government’s latest information released late on Friday on where UK citizens can holiday this summer has the potential to confuse people and see them unwittingly book holidays which, due to restrictions imposed by the destination country, they might not be able to take.
“There are some countries on the UK Government FCO and DfT lists which are refusing UK citizens entry or imposing strict entry requirements, which either completely prevent holidays or make them extremely difficult or more costly.”
“It is vitally important that holidaymakers check the individual country’s entry requirements before booking and also book cancel-for-free or flexible rebooking options in case they unintentionally book a holiday which entry restrictions then prevent them from taking.
“The UK Government should be making it clearer what the actual situation is for travel from the UK to countries on their lists and providing a lot more clarity on where holidaymakers can actually go to from the UK without restriction.”
Thousands of holidaymakers are being urged to check their travel insurance over fears they could be left out of pocket for trips if heading to a country which still has quarantine restrictions.
Holiday-starved families may still be able travel to another country on the full list, but will end up spending their time away in self-isolation.
Travellers are now being urged to check the terms and conditions of their travel insurance to see what it means for their trip, with fears growing that thousands of people may not be able to claim any money back.
Resolver CEO Alex Neill told The Sun: “Anyone booking now needs to do their homework and be aware they’re the ones bearing all the risk.
“If you’ve already got a pre-booked holiday you may very well face the situation of being able to go, so the trip isn’t cancelled, but having to quarantine.”