After months of lockdown confinement, many peole are itching for a getaway. It’s only natural to yearn for a change of scenery, for new sights, experiences and adventures.

But as the coronavirus crisis is still ongoing, travel planning can be fraught with anxiety. It’s completely understandable to be nervous and hesitant about booking anything, just in case of cancellations or concerns for your health.

Here, we’ll provide some much-needed reassurance to help you plan an incredible adventure safely. We’ll look at Blank Canvas destinations with the lowest risk – according to official guidance from the UK Foreign Office – along with tips for planning and travelling safely.

And of course, how the Blank Canvas team can help to personalise your itinerary, answer all your questions and calm any last niggling concerns before your trip.

Blank Canvas destinations – all you need to know

During the height of the coronavirus lockdown, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) was advising against ‘all but essential travel’ to nearly all global destinations.

The good news is that this advice has now been updated with a long list of exempted countries, which includes a number of Blank Canvas destinations. These countries no longer pose a high risk to British people travelling abroad. Let’s take a closer look at a few of our favourites:


A staggeringly beautiful country with a complex history and unique culture, not to mention outstanding food and fabulous beaches, Vietnam offers something for everyone. Highlights include the exhilarating, bustling capital city Hanoi, the caves and hills of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, the bright lights of Saigon and the natural wonder that is Halong Bay with its 1,600 limestone islands and islets. More about this wonderful destination here.

Is it safe to travel?

Vietnam has managed to successfully supress COVID-19 and doesn’t have any restrictions in terms of entry or tourism. (at the time of publication)


It’s so easy to fall in love with Thailand. From its golden temples and turquoise waters to its laid-back beach bars and incredible wildlife, you’ll never want to leave. Find out more about Thailand and plan a bespoke, once-in-a-lifetime trip here.

Is it safe to travel?

Thailand is also on the FCO exemption list, but there are entry requirements for foreign visitors. So, you may not be allowed into the country, or if you are, you may have to self-quarantine.


The island of Singapore is a thrilling one for visitors, boasting glorious greenery such as the National Orchid Travel and the futuristic Gardens of the Bay, plus centuries-old buildings, family-friendly theme parks and fantastic shopping. More about unforgettable Singapore adventures here.

Is it safe to travel?

Singapore is also on the list of countries given the all-clear by the FCO, but there are currently entry requirements related to foreign visitors. This means that you may not be allowed into the country, or have to comply with quarantine procedures.

Tips for safe, healthy travel

  • Read up on public health advice and rules before you go – for example, whether the wearing of masks is required in public places.
  • Keep a close eye on the FCO guidance as it’s updated regularly. There are also handy tips on finding English-speaking doctors, following public health rules and staying safe during your trip.
  • Tailor your trip with Blank Canvas. Want to avoid crowded tourist hotspots or get out into nature? We can help you tailor your perfect itinerary based on exactly what you want to do.

Let’s stop dreaming and start planning – get started here.

**Awaiting updates – South Africa, Namibia, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia are not included in the FCO exemptions list at this point. Remember though that the situation is changing all the time, so this could be updated at any point.