Government announces quarantine for travellers to France, Malta, and The Netherlands

Travel insurance implications as more countries are taken off the Government’s ‘safe list’

Tom Harrison
Content writer
minute read
Do you know someone who could benefit from this article?
Posted 14 AUGUST 2020

Holiday plans are set to be disrupted again, with the Government’s removal of France, Malta, and The Netherlands from its safe travel list.

The safe list, or COVID-19 ‘travel corridor’ are the countries that you can travel to without having to quarantine on your return to England. If you travel to a country that’s not on the list, you have to self-isolate for 14 days on your return. Andorra, The Bahamas and Belgium were removed from the list on 8 August.

Commenting on the Government’s decision to remove France, Malta and the Netherlands from the safe travel list, Patrick Ikhena, Head of Travel at says:

“Today’s announcement will likely impact the holiday plans of people who considered France, Malta and the Netherlands to be less risky destinations for a summer getaway. Those who still plan to travel despite the requirements to quarantine upon return should contact their insurer to explore their options and ascertain their level of cover. Generally speaking, if the FCO has not explicitly stated that you shouldn’t travel to these regions, but you decide not to travel due to quarantine requirements, this will be deemed ‘disinclination to travel’ and you are unlikely to be covered by your policy.

“Many providers have begun to offer ‘enhanced COVID-cover’ to give passengers additional cover and peace of mind before travelling abroad. Whilst these policies are unlikely to cover you or your travel companions if you travel to a region against FCO advice, this type of cover is likely to pay out for any costs or lost funds should you contract COVID-19 before travelling. Such enhanced coverage is also likely to protect you in the event that FCO advice prevents you from going away, as well as any emergency medical care and repatriation costs.

“If your holiday plans have been impacted by the Government’s decision, it may be worth contacting your airline or other transportation providers who may be able to offer you a change of destination. Those who still choose to travel to France, Malta or the Netherlands must follow FCO guidance first and foremost and check for any local restrictions and requirements ahead of departure. As these regions are increasingly seen as more risky holiday destinations in light of growing COVID-19 infection rates, it is essential that travellers keep a close eye on restrictions, infection rates and the latest FCO advice for your desired holiday destination, as these can change daily.”