Recently, there are five countries acceptable to England on it’s no quarantine list. From these five countries, travelers will not have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, starting from 28 July.
The countries are Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. These countries have now brought the total number of exempt countries up to 63. In addition to the common travel area of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, plus the 14 British overseas territories.
However, Serbia was on the list previously but it has been removed from the list.
Portugal did not make it to the List
This time it was according to expectations that Portugal will make it to the new addition list. But unfortunately, the popular holiday spot once again failed to make the cut.
“The economic impact of the UK’s decision to keep Portugal under quarantine is immense and there are fears it could be lasting if not scrapped at the next review on the 27 July,” the Portuguese ambassador, Mr. Manuel Lobo Antunes, said.
Previously, when Portugal did not make it to the UK’s no quarantine list, its foreign minister tweeted about the UK’s decision. In a tweet, the Portuguese foreign affairs minister said that its “absurd” that Portugal is not on the new list. He also mentioned that the UK has 28 times more confirmed deaths related to coronavirus.
However, the country’s prime minister Antonio Costa, meanwhile, tweeted a graph showing that the UK had a much higher number of cases per 100,000 population than the Algarve.
Raul Martins, head of Portugal’s Hotel Association, said: “The outbreak is in peripheral Lisbon. And there are no hotels, no tourist restaurants. It has been poorly explained to the British.”
Spain still in the List
Meanwhile, there has been a surge in coronavirus cases in Spain but still, it is on the Department for Transport’s low-risk list of designated travel corridors.
Spain’s deputy emergency health director Maria Jose Sierra said, “We have important outbreaks.”
“It could be a second wave. We’ll have to see what happens in the next few weeks.”
A new proposal would allow the DfT to review and update the list on a more rolling basis going forward, rather than doing a review every three weeks, in response to future virus spikes.
The Department for Transport said in a statement, “Government will update GOV. The UK with any changes on a weekly basis if any, to reflect the shifting international health picture. We are ready to respond rapidly if the health situation of a country deteriorates.”
Regional travel corridors, allowing travelers to visit “low risk” regions such as the Algarve in Portugal without having to self-isolate upon their return, are also being considered, it has been reported.