UK government is confusing people with travel lists
Posted on 06/07/2020

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Although the Department for Transport has said there will be 74 countries where people will be able to go and not need to quarantine, the PC Agency has now found that there are only 25 countries that do not have border controls stopping English visitors from entering. Indeed, some countries are closed to international flights or require quarantine or coronavirus testing.

Confusing information

Confusing information
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Some of those countries on the government's lists that have restrictions in place include Austria, Japan, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Vietnam.

Paul Charles, who is chief executive for the PC Agency commented: "Consumers are confused by the two lists produced by the 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 TravelSupermarket, commented: "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."