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Travellers from some countries to England are exempt from the 2 weeks quarantine

Travellers from some countries to England are exempt from the 2 weeks quarantine from tomorrow, 4 July 2020, the UK government announced today. If you do not find your country where you are travelling in the list below, this means you must self-quarantine for 2 weeks when arriving in England.

This news will encourage people to travel to England and will slowly bring back the UK tourism industry to live if the COVID-19 is under control.

At the moment, the 2 weeks quarantine rule prevent people to travel everywhere.

Exempt countries and territories from 4 July 2020

These exempt countries are considered no longer presenting an unacceptably high risk to British people travelling abroad. If you are travelling to England from one of the following countries, you do not have to self-quarantine for 2 weeks.

Serbia was removed from the list on 10 July due to the latest assessment of COVID-19 risk. The government currently advise against non-essential travel to Serbia.

Luxembourg was removed from the exempt list on 31 July 2020 (Friday).

Andorra, The Bahamas and Belgium were removed from the travel corridor list on 8 August 2020 (Saturday, 4am).

Malaysia and Brunei were added to the exempt list on 11 August 2020. If you arrive to England from either Malaysia or Brunei on or after 11 August 2020, you do not need to self isolate. If your arrival is prior to 11 August 2020, you must self isolate.


  1. Austria
  2. Croatia
  3. Cyprus
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Denmark
  6. Estonia
  7. Finland
  8. France (overseas territories of France are listed separately, where included in the exemption)
  9. Germany
  10. Gibraltar
  11. Greece
  12. Hungary
  13. Iceland
  14. Ireland
  15. Italy
  16. Latvia
  17. Liechtenstein
  18. Lithuania
  19. Malta
  20. Monaco
  21. The Netherlands (not including the constituent countries and special municipalities located in the Dutch Caribbean)
  22. Norway
  23. Poland
  24. Portugal (only The Azores and Madeira)
  25. San Marino
  26. Slovakia
  27. Slovenia
  28. Switzerland
  29. Turkey


  1. Antigua & Barbuda
  2. Aruba
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Bermuda
  6. Canada
  7. Cayman Islands
  8. Cuba
  9. Curaçao
  10. Dominica
  11. Falkland Islands
  12. Grenada
  13. Guadeloupe
  14. Jamaica
  15. Martinique
  16. South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
  17. St Kitts and Nevis
  18. St Lucia
  19. St Maarten
  20. St Martin and St Barthélemy
  21. St Pierre and Miquelon
  22. St Vincent and The Grenadines
  23. Trinidad and Tobago
  24. Turks and Caicos Islands


  1. Australia
  2. British Indian Ocean Territory
  3. Brunei
  4. Cambodia
  5. Cook Islands
  6. Fiji
  7. French Polynesia
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Japan
  10. Laos
  11. Macao
  12. Malaysia
  13. New Caledonia
  14. New Zealand
  15. Samoa
  16. Singapore
  17. South Korea
  18. Sri Lanka
  19. Taiwan
  20. Thailand
  21. Vietnam
  22. Wallis and Futuna


  1. Reunion
  2. St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha


  1. British Antarctic Territory

Source: GOV.UK

The guidance about travellers from some countries to England are exempt from the 2 weeks quarantine was first published on 3 July 2020. See the latest updated list here.

Companies House filings

During this COVID-19 outbreak, Companies House encourages its customers to submit documents online.  You can submit the following documents online.

All you need is your company’s authentication code issued by Companies House. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

Companies House announced temporary changes to filing requirements on 1 July 2020. You will get an automatic extension of your company account and confirmation statement filing deadline. You can check your document’s filing due date from the Companies House website.

Companies House has also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which must be delivered on a paper form with a live signature.

If you require help with your UK company’s filings, contact us. Our accountants can help you.

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