Quarantine: Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia & Curacao axed from safe list after Covid spike

Quarantine: Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia & Curacao axed from safe list after Covid spike

The government’s latest review of the travel corridor list has seen three more countries get the chop. Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and Curacao all recorded a sudden spike in coronavirus cases which subsequently led to the countries being axed from the safe travel list. The latest information regarding the travel corridors was announced on Twitter by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Travellers from Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and Curacao will now also have to quarantine on their arrival in Scotland.

The Scottish Government said the measures were put in place due to an increase in coronavirus cases in these countries.

Wales often updates their list following the UK government’s announcement of its weekly changes for England.

This means travellers are required to self-isolate at home, or another specified address, for 14 days from 4am on Saturday.

Countries at risk of being added to the quarantine list are those with an average infection rate higher than 20 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

Denmark is currently recording a seven-day rate of 65.2 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people, up from 33.8 just last week.

Iceland and Slovakia have rates of 80.4 and 25.9 respectively, while Curacao is on 66.7.

Figures have been calculated by the PA news agency based on data collected by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The travel industry has been badly hit by quarantine restrictions and has called on the government to allow coronavirus testing at airports to reduce self-isolation periods for those who get a negative result.

Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: “It’s sad to see the list of countries growing on the quarantine list in line with the resurgence of COVID-19 in several parts of the world.

“It now makes even more sense for traveller testing to be introduced as soon as possible, reducing quarantine times and enabling economies to get going again.

“A co-ordinated, global programme, combining testing with short quarantine periods if necessary, would help protect lives and livelihoods.”

Published at Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:09:00 +0000