BRITS hoping to travel abroad have faced huge uncertainty as different countries are added on and taken off the UK quarantine list at short notice.
Slovenia and the French Caribbean island Guadeloupe were added last night to the quarantine list, with Brits needing to return to the UK by 4am this Saturday to avoid the self-isolation measures, while Thailand and Singapore were taken off the mandatory quarantine list.
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Brits now fear that holiday hotspots like Algarve beaches will be off the cards as Portugal is feared to be next on the UK quarantine listCredit: Alamy
What is the UK quarantine list?
Travellers must self-isolate for two weeks upon returning from any of the countries or islands on the quarantine list.
If a country stays above 20 cases per 100,000 people for more than seven days it is likely to be added to the UK’s quarantine list.
Passengers must leave their details with border officials, go straight home and self-quarantine for two weeks to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The list currently has over 160 countries and territories on it and is subject to constant review.
Which countries are on the list?
Downing Street has said it is keeping a watchful eye on case numbers, testing figures and infection rates in “a number of countries and territories.”
Those where there is a cause for concern are removed from the travel corridor “safe” list.
The list is updated every Thursday, with new restrictions coming into force from 4am the following Saturday.
Spain was added to the quarantine list on July 26, and on August 8, Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas were removed from the “air bridge” list.
From August 15, anyone returning to the UK from France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba must self-isolate for 14 days.
From August 20, the same rules apply to anyone who returned to the UK from Austria, Croatia and Trinidad.
And on August 27, Czechia, formerly known as Czech Republic, was added to the list along with Switzerland and Jamaica.
However, holidays to Cuba are now back on as travellers are now allowed to return without having to quarantine.
On September 7, it was announced that those travelling from England to Greek islands Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and Zakynthos – also known as Zante – must also self-isolate for two weeks on their return.
Hungary, along with mainland Portugal, French Polynesia and Reunion were added to the quarantine list on September 12.
From this weekend, you must quarantine if returning from Slovenia or Guadeloupe.
Full list of countries on the UK’s quarantine list
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Greece (only the islands of Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos, Zante in England)
Portugal (excluding Azores and Madeira)
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
São Tomé and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
Here is the latest travel advice for some of the popular holiday hotspots currently on the quarantine list.
The government announced that France was the latest country to be put on the UK quarantine list from August 15, with cases at 415,481.
10,953 new cases were confirmed yesterday, the highest since the pandemic began.
Since August 15, Brits have had to quarantine when arriving back from France.
The move affected around 500,000 people who were given a days notice to get home to avoid quarantine.
Spain has been on the quarantine list since July…
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