The UK’s travel corridor list has become a determining factor for Britons’ holidays abroad. Countries included on the list mean that Britons can travel there and return to the UK without having to quarantine for two weeks. If a country is struck off the list, then Britons returning from there to the UK have to quarantine for two weeks.
The government’s quarantine decisions in the past have led to British holidaymakers cutting their holidays short and shelling out hundreds to get back before the new rules are put in place.
Ministers are reportedly meeting in the next 48 hours to decide which countries will be given the chop or added to the list.
The UK’s threshold for country’s being added to the quarantine list is those with a case rate higher than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
The UK government is also working in line with the Joint Biosecurity Centre to assess a number of additional criteria.
It is expected that Switzerland will be removed from the safe list.
The country’s coronavirus rate has hit 21.2 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
But today, a new country has entered the spotlight.
Jamaica, which is currently exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel, is teetering on the edge of the UK’s safe zone.
The country currently has a coronavirus rate of 19.9 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
CEO of the travel consultancy, The PC Agency Paul Charles has been posting daily updates on Twitter about countries’ current case rates.
Today, he warned that Jamaica “is on the edge” after it veered closer to the UK’s quarantine threshold.
He said: “Wednesday update: #Switzerland continues to be above @transportgovuk case number criteria.
“#Jamaica and #CzechRepublic on the edge of the red zone.
“Good news is that #Greece and #Turkey seemingly managing caseloads.
“But #Spain is worsening.”
It comes as the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt tested positive for coronavirus just days after his birthday.
The olympic champion is now in quarantine at his home in Jamaica.
Published at Wed, 26 Aug 2020 15:20:00 +0000