Holidays: Destinations could be added to travel corridor list as quarantine decision looms

Holidays: Destinations could be added to travel corridor list as quarantine decision looms

This year has been a tough one for the travel and tourism sector as restrictions on international travel remain in place across the world. But as lockdown measures ease, holiday bookings have surged across staycations and destinations abroad. However, British holidaymakers are now relying on the UK government’s weekly review of its travel corridor list to choose where to take a break.

Countries included on the list such as Italy and Greece are exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)’s advice against all non-essential international travel.

Britons can also visit the countries without facing 14 days in quarantine on their return to the UK.

Other countries such as Spain and France which were removed from the list earlier this summer, are on the quarantine list meaning that Britons must quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.

The FCDO is also advising against all but essential travel to those countries.

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Sweden has an average of 9.3 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day period.

The country’s cases have gone down dramatically over the last few weeks but Sweden has so far remained absent from the UK’s travel corridor list.

Bulgaria is also safety below the UK’s threshold with 10 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

Anyone caught flouting the quarantine rules could face a fine of £1,000.

An announcement regarding any changes to the travel corridor list is expected tomorrow.

Over the past few weeks, the announcement has been made on a Thursday.

However, on Sky News this morning, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The simple answer is that we follow the data and we make these announcements in an organised way on a Friday lunchtime.

“We are going to publish a further decision tomorrow having looked at the data and I’m not going to pre-judge that.”

Greece was looking as though it could be at risk of being added to the quarantine list after mounting pressure from Scotland and Wales.

However, the country’s average coronavirus cases remain below 20.

Scotland put Greece on its quarantine list after cases in the country continued to rise.

Wales is advising anyone arriving from Zante into Wales to isolate for 14 days.

Published at Thu, 03 Sep 2020 12:37:00 +0000