Gibraltar: Holiday destination remains on travel corridor list despite rise in Covid cases

Gibraltar, which is located on Spain’s south coast, has recorded a spike in cases over the past week. However, the country has remained absent from the UK’s quarantine list. The UK government announced today that Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Jamaica would be removed from the travel corridor list.

Britons have until 4am on Saturday to return to the UK without facing 14 days in quarantine.

After this time, anyone returning from a country not on the travel corridor list including the three latest countries to be axed from the list will face 14 days in isolation.

Cuba was added to the travel corridor list, meaning that anyone visiting the country and then returning to the UK will not face 14 days in quarantine.

Gibraltar has remained on the quarantine exemption list, despite rising concerns that it would get the chop.

The UK government has been deciding which countries to remove from the travel corridor list following research from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and whether coronavirus cases have reached over 20 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

Gibraltar’s case rate today was 139.4 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day period.

However, the country has only recorded 272 cases of the virus and zero deaths.

Reacting to this evening’s announcement Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo told the Gibraltar Chronicle: “I’m very happy to see that the hard work being put in by Public Health Gibraltar, the FCO in London and Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Government has paid fruit.”

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He added: “Now we need to further control the numbers of those infected to ensure we can make an even more persuasive argument next week.”

Earlier on, Mr Picardo spoke to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme about the possibility of Gibraltar being axed from the travel corridor list.

He explained how the country has upped its testing has no one in hospital as a result.

He said: “It’s an understandable reaction to an extrapolation of the number of infections detected.

“If you do a more detailed dive and you look at the fact that we are doing more testing than most places per head of population, then you’ll understand that we are now being very successful at identifying cases of the virus and then exercising controls in terms of imposing self-isolation, etc.”

“We’re doing a good job in detecting the virus and dealing with it.”

“We have larger numbers of the virus detected now, but we have no one in hospital, we have no one in ICU, we have no one having died from the virus, I’d say we’ve been very successful in our strategy.”

Flights to Gibraltar, according to Skyscanner, are very affordable.

A one way flight from London Gatwick to Gibraltar is around £30.

Meanwhile, a return from London to Gibraltar is around £70 with easyJet.

Affordable package deals to Gibraltar are also available for around £200 for a seven-night stay and return flights.

Packages include hotels, hostels, boat hotels and apartments.

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