A handful of Greek islands have been DELETED from the quarantine list and no countries have been added.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today announced that anyone returning from the Greek islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Santorini and Zakynthos from 4 a.m. on Saturday would no longer need to quarantine.
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Mr Shapps said tonight: “We are ADDING Lesbos, Tinos, Serifos, Santorini and Zakynthos to the #TravelCorridor list this week.
“From 4 am on Saturday 10 October, if you arrive from these Greek islands, you will no longer need to isolate yourself. ”
It comes after Mr Shapps introduced a new policy to remove quarantine exemptions for the islands.
If the British can fly directly to a particular island with low infection rates, they won’t have to self-quarantine, even though the mainland has travel restrictions.
This meant that Mr Shapps was able to quarantine certain Greek islands, without imposing strict rules on all of Greece.
There are still travel restrictions on Zakynthos, Crete, Mykonos.
There were fears that Greece and Italy could both be put on the quarantine list, but travel experts questioned the reasoning behind quarantining countries with coronavirus rates well below those from the United Kingdom, as cases reached 17,542 today.
Both countries had a rate above the previous quarantine threshold – 20 cases per 100,000.
Britain’s infection rate is currently 136.6 cases per 100,000.
CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency, Paul Charles, wrote on Twitter: “With UK infection rates at a high level, the #JointBiosecurityCentre is changing its approach.
“There is clearly no point in adding countries with much lower rates to the quarantine lists. ”
Britons face very limited options for mid-term getaways, as the list of European countries with no travel restrictions has been reduced in recent months.
Earlier today, Italy imposed additional quarantine rules on Britons, telling them they must take a coronavirus test no more than 72 hours before travel or be quarantined on arrival.
Some Italian airports offer free testing on arrival, but anyone who tests positive will be quarantined and will have to take a negative sample twice in a row to be released.
The Foreign Ministry warned: “If you get a positive test in Italy, you will be forced to quarantine yourself.
“The time spent in quarantine can vary widely from a few days to several weeks.
“Travelers should be prepared for this eventuality. “
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