Eastern Europe is fast becoming a popular place for British holidaymakers, offering incredible city breaks for those with interests in history and architecture or brilliant beach getaways that are less crowded than those on the Mediterranean.
Especially during the coronavirus pandemic people are looking for new places to go on holiday, given that many more obvious countries such as France and Spain are on the quarantine list.
As well as that you’ve got all the Londoners who have family in these Eastern European countries who are no doubt desperate to reunite with them now lockdown is easing.
But what are the rules for travelling to Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and other Eastern European countries?
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Here is the full list of official guidance from the Foreign Office, including regulations on arrival and return from each country.
This country with its great culture is on the list of countries exempt from advice against all but essential travel, meaning you’re free to travel there without quarantining on return.
Sadly you can’t travel to Romania without quarantining for two weeks after your return.
The country has been one of the worst affected in Eastern Europe, with 78,525 reported cases. It was initially on the air bridge list but was removed on July 9.
Bulgaria was also removed from the air bridge list on July 30, and while arrivals from the UK won’t need to self-isolate in Bulgaria, you will on return to the UK.
The Czech Republic is still on the air bridge list, so travellers won’t have any restrictions on arriving back from their holiday.
However, there are new reports that it may soon be added to the quarantine list as the seven-day rate is currently 17.9, up from 15.6 a week ago – if it reaches 20 it will likely be removed.
Hungary is also on the list of countries exempt from self-isolation restrictions – great news for holidaymakers planning to go to Budapest, one of Eastern Europe’s most popular destinations.
However, UK nationals will have to pass a medical check on arrival and will need to bring two negative Covid tests with them.
If you’re planning on heading to Slovakia you can rest easy that you won’t have to quarantine on either end of your journey.
Also on the air bridge list is Slovenia, but be prepared for health checks when you arrive – if you have symptoms you won’t be able to enter the country.
The good news is the on return to the UK you won’t need to quarantine for 14 days, the bad news if that UK residents will have to on arrival to the country.
You may also need to present proof of a negative Covid test carried out within 72 hours before your arrival in the country.
Again, while you can arrive from Latvia without self-isolating you’ll need to do it when you arrive in the country – not ideal.
You’ll also need to complete a contact form and ‘undertake to comply with the epidemiological security measures established in Latvia’.
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The country has one of the lowest numbers of infections, with just 1,337 cases in total.
The UK has just been added to the list of countries that Estonia requires self-isolation from, as of August 24.
If you’re returning from the country you won’t need to quarantine for 14 days.