As of today, five new countries have been added to the UK’s quarantine-free list.
Britons returning from Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and St Vincent and the Grenadines can do so without the need to self-isolate for 14 days.
The update to the list, which was announced on Friday but comes into force today, comes just days after the Government controversially added mainland Spain to the UK’s quarantine list. Yesterday, the Balearics and Canary Islands were added to that list.
This means Britons can now visit 31 countries that are both FCO ‘green’, meaning there is no travel advice against visiting that country, and which do not require quarantine on return.
Holiday favourites including France, Italy and Greece remain on that list, although there has been some concern that countries like Germany and France could soon be removed if cases continue to rise.
See below for more updates.
Germany blames rise in cases on people returning from Spain
The daily statement from Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, the federal government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention, last Friday made for disconcerting reading: “The number of newly submitted cases on Friday, July 24, 2020, at 815, is significantly higher than in the previous weeks,” it said.
These numbers represent the sharpest spike since the middle of May. The report offers various reasons, ranging from larger celebrations in family and friend circles, increased leisure activities, to rises within workplaces, community and health facilities.
But it also mentions returning travellers as a new cause, a point which is underlined by images circulating in the media of German tourists flouting social distancing rules in destinations such as Mallorca and Bulgaria.
Read the full report here.
Quarantine to be cut to 10 days for people arriving from Spain
Quarantine for people arriving from Spain and other countries with high levels of Covid-19 will be cut to 10 days under plans being finalised by ministers, Charles Hymas reports.
The Government hopes to announce this week a new policy of testing arrivals from high-risk countries eight days after they land. If they test negative they will be allowed to come out of self-isolation two days later, reducing the mandatory quarantine period by four days.
The move will cut almost an entire working week off the self-isolation requirement, and ministers hope it will help salvage the summer holiday season for some of those already booked on flights abroad.
Read the full article here.
What happened yesterday
A big day in the world of travel, yesterday. Let’s bring you up to speed.
FCO tightened Spain ban to include Balearics and Canary Islands
Austria, however, lifted restrictions on UK visitors
The Government has been urged to ditch its quarantine in favour of airport testing
Only one person has been fined for breaking quarantine rules
Uncertainty over foreign trips has sparked a boom in UK holiday bookings
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