What are the latest changes to the UK's travel quarantine list?

  • What are the latest changes to the UK's travel quarantine list?

What are the latest changes to the UK's travel quarantine list?

Grant Shapps today announced Italy is being added to the Government's travel quarantine "red list" as the number of safe destinations for Brits to visit was reduced still further.

The addition of Italy to the quarantine list is another blow to the UK's travel industry, as Italy was one of the last major markets without a quarantine requirement for returning holidaymakers.

TThe government is set to update the list of travel corridors this afternoon, and Italy is among the countries at risk of imposing travel quarantines.

It is noted that the island of Mykonos still remains on the quarantine list.

The UK's case rate now stands at 166.

San Marino, one of the world's smallest countries, is landlocked within the north east of Italy.

Shapps also added that travelers returning from the Greek island of Crete will now not need to self-isolate.

However, note that the implementation date is moved to 4am on SUNDAY 18 October & applies United Kingdom wide, if you arrive from these destinations you will need to self-isolate.

Yesterday, Italy recorded 7,332 new cases of Covid-19, the highest toll ever, which means that cases in the Mediterranean country are now at 58.3 per 100,000 over the course of seven days.

As of 04:00 BST on Sunday, anyone returning to any part of the United Kingdom from Italy and Vatican City, must quarantine for 14 days.

The Joint Biosecurity Centre said the risks to United Kingdom public health from travellers returning from Crete has decreased to an acceptable level and so it will be added back on to the list.

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'ALSO THIS WEEK, the whole of the United Kingdom is now aligned with our advice around all of the Greek islands'.

The FCDO advises against non-essential worldwide travel at this time, except to certain countries and territories listed on its website that are deemed as "not posing an unacceptably high risk to British travellers".

Penalties for those breaching the self-isolation rules have increased from £1,000 for a first offence up to £10,000 for subsequent offences.