SRI LANKA has been added to the UK travel corridor list by the government, along with Israel, Uruguay, Namibia and Rwanda.
From Saturday, anyone returning from the five countries will no longer have to quarantine for two weeks.
The US Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Bonaire, St Eustatius & Saba have also all been added, with the new rules coming into place from 4am on Saturday.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted: “Travel corridor update: ISRAEL, NAMIBIA, RWANDA, SRI LANKA, URUGUAY, BONAIRE, ST EUSTATIUS & SABA, THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS and THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS have been ADDED to the #TravelCorrdor list.
“If you arrive from these countries after 4am on Saturday 21st Nov you will NOT need to self-isolate. Please remember that under the current restrictions travel outside of the home, with the exception of a limited number of reasons including work or education, is not permitted.”
Brits are currently unable to travel abroad for a holiday due to the current lockdown, which prevents any non-essential travel.
Anyone caught breaking the rules in England – which end on December 2 –could face a £200 fine if they break the rules, as it would be leaving home without a reasonable excuse.
Last week, Greece was removed from the UK’s travel corridor list, dashing hopes of winter breaks but Dubai and Abu Dhabi were added, removing the need for a UK quarantine.
This week, however, no countries have been removed from the air bridge list.
Mr Shapps added: “We will NOT be REMOVING any countries from the #TravelCorridor list this week.”
It is also worth checking the current entry restrictions – Sri Lanka is still not letting tourists in, including from the UK, and neither is Israel.
Brits can travel to Namibia, but need a negative Covid test taken no more than 72 hours beforehand.
Uruguay has the same rules, but also enforces a seven day quarantine while on arrival, which can be left after taking a second test if it is negative.
Rwanda requires the negative test up to 120 hour before travelling, with a mandatory 24 hour quarantine on arrival while awaiting a second test result, which costs $50 (£38.)
For Bonaire and Saba, Brits are banned from entering, but St Eustatius allowed UK arrivals with a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival.
Here is everything you need to know about getting a negative coronavirus test for your holiday.
They cannot be done on the NHS and can cost between £100 and £200.
Even the Canary Islands require a negative PCR test, with only Gibraltar now open to Brits without the need to quarantine or test.