2020 has been a rough year for the travel industry, the Covid-19 pandemic has seen countries closing borders, quarantine restrictions on arrival and return to countries plus a multitude of cancelled flights. If this year has shown us anything it is definitely that nothing is certain, countries are being added and removed from the UK corridor list daily. This information is correct as of the 12/10/2020, please check destinations before booking as the quarantine list is forever changing.
The first 2 thirds of the year have been kind to us with warm days allowing us to enjoy the sunshine in the UK. Now we are nearing winter the days are shortening and the cold is making an appearance. Some may love the cosy frosty weather but if you are like me and thrive on the sun then it isn't all doom and gloom yet! We take a look at the destinations you will most likely to be able to visit this winter to escape the cold!
UK travellers can now enter southern Cyprus, you will need to complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling and upload proof of your negative PCR test done within 72 hours before travelling, Cyprus is currently on the UK quarantine exemption list.
Paphos is a great winter family holiday destination temperatures in Paphos range around 22-23 degrees. We love staying in the Coral Bay area when we visit as it is full of amazing restaurants and a beautiful sandy beach. There are lots of resorts and hotels to cater to every budget and from all inclusive to self catering. I would highly recommend hiring a car to explore the troodos mountains and the legendary sites of Aphrodite.
Greece is now open to UK travellers you need to complete a passenger locator form 24 hours before you arrive in Greece. From the 10th October restrictions for Santorini were lifted meaning travellers could once again visit this beautiful island. Most of Greece including Santorini are currently on the UK quarantine exemption list.
It may not be the first place you think of when looking at a family holiday; Santorini is known more for its romantic side. But like every destination I like to break that barrier and Santorini is in fact a perfect place for babies, toddlers and small children. Lots of the accommodation available is self catering which is great for cooking your own meals, the island also has some stunning beaches including the black sand beach. I would advise to leave the stroller at home, with all the cobblestones and flights of stairs it is not worth it.
UK travellers can enter Cuba but only visit certain places: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Largo del Sur. When arriving into Cuba you will have a temperature check and a PCR test, anyone showing symptoms or a positive test will be hospitalised so please do not travel if there is any chance of symptoms. Cuba is currently on the UK quarantine exemption list.
If you are looking for some guaranteed sun then Cuba is definetely a great option with temperatures ranging from 26-28 Degrees in the winter months. Caya Coco is a great place for a family holiday with amazing sandy beaches and beautiful palm trees. The northern part of the island is among some the best snorkelling and diving locations in the world.
UK Tourists can now visit the Seychelles, you will need to have proof of a negative Covid-19 test no older than 48 hours to travel and although I was focusing on non restrictive places you will need to self-isolate on arrival; however this is only for 5 days and you are allowed to use your hotel facilities. On the 5th day you will need to have a second negative test result, It is a more restrictive destination but definitely worth it. Seychelles is currently on the UK quarantine exemption list.
With winter temperatures ranging between 25-30 degrees daily it is a perfect winter holiday break. Normally looked at as a honeymoon destination I actually think this is also a great place for families too. White powdery sand beaches where the sea is really shallow making it perfect for small children to paddle in and although the Seychelles may seem really far from the UK, there is actually only a 3 hour time difference which is great for avoiding jetlag.
Antigua and Barbuda
UK travellers are now allowed to visit Antigua and Barbuda, you will need to complete a health declaration form before travelling and all travellers over the age of 12 will need to provide a negative Covid-19 test no older than 7 days. Antigua and Barbuda is currently on the UK quarantine exemption list.
Another winter sun destination with daily temperatures in the winter months hitting 28-29 degrees. Antigua is the better known island with tons of resorts, restaurants and bustling harbour towns. Whilst Barbuda is smaller and a nature lover’s paradise. Both are English speaking making it an easy destination for Brits looking for home comforts and there are tons of things for families to enjoy on the islands such as water sports and snorkelling.