The UK’s list of countries from where travelers can travel to and return without quarantine or taking COVID-19 tests is reducing day by day. However, there are only nine countries left on the safe travel list.
There are four more countries removed from the safe travel list. It includes Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia, and the Caribbean island of Curacao. However, travelers returning from these countries to the UK will have to quarantine starting from tomorrow at 4 am.
Countries Safe to Travel
However, there are still more than 60 countries on the UK’s green list. Where travelers do not have to quarantine on return. Whereas, many countries have their own restrictions on arrival or are not opening their borders to visitors completely.
It means holidays are only currently possible without any restrictions to Germany, Poland, Sweden, Italy, Turkey, mainland Greece, Gibraltar, San Marino, and Liechtenstein. The last two are so small they don’t have their own airports. Meaning just seven true air bridges are in place both ways.
However, mainland Greece is closer to being on the quarantine list. As infections, there have reached about 20.9 cases per 100,000.
Whereas, ministers typically impose quarantine measures for countries recording at least 20 cases per 100,000 over seven days. But they have not added mainland Greece on the quarantine list yet.
However, quarantine measures are already in place for arrivals into England from seven Greek islands. It includes Crete, Mykonos, and Santorini.
Rules For the Whole UK
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the updated list last night. And said the restrictions on Denmark, Iceland, Slovenia, and Curacao would apply to the whole UK. Previously piecemeal decisions had been taken by individual devolved nations.
In the past two months, the Government has revised its list of green counties and have struck out many countries since then. However, it has axed Spain, France, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Malta, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, and mainland Portugal.
Mr. Shapps reminds travelers that they are legally required to fill out a ‘Passenger Locator Form’ when they return to England.
Announcing the changes, Mr. Shapps tweeted, “Data shows we need to remove DENMARK, SLOVAKIA, ICELAND, and CURACAO from the Travel Corridor list.”
“If you arrive in the UK from these destinations after 4 am this Saturday, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.”
In addition, he said, “We will not be adding any destinations to the Travel Corridor list this week.”
“Remember: You MUST complete a Passenger Locator Form by law if you enter the UK.”
“This protects public health and ensures those who need to are complying with self-isolation rules.”
The UK Government currently uses a threshold of 20 cases per 100,000. When it makes decisions on whether to add or remove countries from its quarantine list.