HOPEFUL Brit holiday goers will have their eyes on the UK’s travel safe list watching which travel corridors will remain open and if they’ll need to quarantine on their return home.
But the list will be under review again today, with more popular holiday destinations potentially being bumped from the list.
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The UK considers imposing quarantine on travellers when a country’s infection rate exceeds 20 cases per 100,00, over seven daysCredit: Solarpix
When will the UK travel quarantine list be reviewed today?
Downing Street keeps a watchful eye on case numbers across the world, testing figures and infection rates in “a number of countries and territories.”
Initially, the UK reviewed the nations included on the “safe” list every three weeks, but now a rolling review system could see countries removed from the list at short notice.
A spokesman for No10 said that a review was taking place weekly, but they can move to remove a nation from the ‘safe list’ if cases increase to an “unacceptable level.”
The next review will be made by the government today and an announcement will be made either this evening or tomorrow.
Matt Hancock told Sky News this morning: “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.”
The new rules are imposed on Saturdays at 4am.
Where can you travel to from the UK without needing to quarantine?
The UK considers imposing quarantine on travellers when a country’s infection rate exceeds 20 cases per 100,00, over seven days.
There are currently 64 destinations you can travel to from the UK without needing to quarantine on your return.
There are now concerns Greece and Portugal could also lose their air bridges.
Portugal was only removed from the list on August 22 – yet has seen a jump in cases in recent days.
With 58,663 cases, Portugal currently has 22.7 new cases per day, per 100,000 population, as analysed over seven days, compared to just 14.2 last week.
Greece has only 14.3 cases per 100,000, but the country was placed onto the quarantine list by Scotland this week, leading to fears the rest of the UK may follow suit as well.
Turkey is not currently on the UK quarantine list but has seen new infections climb since the beginning of August.
Cuba was recently added to the exempt list at 4am, Saturday, 29 August.
The Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland were added to the quarantine list at 4am, Saturday, 29 August.
And Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago were added to the quarantine list the week prior.
Countries with no self-isolation requirement on return to UK
Countries and territories with no self-isolation requirement on arrival in England.
You may not have to self-isolate if you are travelling from one of the countries or territories listed below.
- Akrotiri and Dhekelia
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- the Channel Islands
- Cuba (added 4am, 29 August 2020 – if you arrived in England from Cuba before 4am 29 August you will need to self-isolate)
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- French Polynesia
- Hong Kong
- the Isle of Man
- Macao (Macau)
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
- Portugal (added 4am, Saturday 22 August 2020 – if you arrived in England from Portugal before 4am, 22 August, you will need to self–isolate)
- San Marino
- South Korea
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- St Barthélemy
- St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Pierre and Miquelon
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Vatican City State
Full list of countries on the UK’s quarantine list
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
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