UK quarantine country list: three destinations added to list as Britons told to self-isolate for 14 days


Three new countries have been pulled from the UK’s travel corridor, meaning all returning Britons must be quarantined for 14 days.At 4 a.m. this morning (Saturday August 22), the government pulled Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago from the UK’s security corridor.

The announcement was made by Transport Secretary and MP for Hertfordshire Grant Shapps on Thursday evening (20 August).

The new restriction means that anyone returning from those countries after 4 a.m. today should self-isolate for 14 days.

Due to the surge in coronavirus cases on the continent, the UK government has reintroduced the 14-day quarantine restriction for a number of countries.

Currently, popular summer destinations including Spain, France, Malta and the Netherlands are on the quarantine list.

The UK government makes the decision based on the number of coronavirus cases in each country.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps previously said measures would be triggered against people arriving from countries with more than 20 infections per 100,000 as well as the number of tests and the reliability of the data.

The Herts MP recently said that it was unlikely that France and Spain would be taken off the quarantine list anytime soon.

Mr Shapps MP told LBC that cases in Spain and France continue to increase.

He said: “For the moment, I am afraid that France and Spain were wrong.

“So just to put numbers on that, we respond when there are about 20 cases per 100,000 people measured on a seven-day moving average. So 20 is the number to keep in mind.

“I think the last time I saw Spain was in the 1940s and 1950s, so far away, and France, which… quarantined since last weekend, I afraid to say that we were right to do so because we have seen cases continue to continue in France as well.

“And to put a country back in the travel corridor, what we’re saying is that it has to stay below that number for a few cycles. A cycle therefore lasts two weeks for the coronavirus. ”

Based on data from Turkey and Greece, the two countries could be the next to be removed from the safe travel list.

The travel industry has had to contend with restrictions and lack of demand.


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