British holidaymakers travelling abroad this year have been keeping a stern eye on the UK’s travel corridor list. Each week the list is reviewed by the government with countries being added and removed. Last week, there were no changes to the travel corridor list for England.
But Wales and Scotland both removed Portugal.
Wales removed six Greek Islands, and Scotland decided to impose blanket quarantine measures on those returning from any region of Greece.
However, on Monday Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that England would be removing seven Greek Islands from the travel corridor list.
Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos, and Zakynthos (also known as Zante) are now on England’s quarantine list.
Wales then added Santorini, Serifos and Tinos to its own quarantine list.
With so much uncertainty surrounding international travel, Britons are being urged to check entry requirements before they travel abroad.
The next review of the travel corridor list is due on Thursday, so where could struck off the list next?
CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency Paul Charles has been posting daily updates on Twitter regarding countries’ coronavirus case rates.
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Mr Charles revealed yesterday that it isn’t just Portugal that is now at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list.
He said: “#Portugal and #Denmark are candidates for being added to this week’s Thursday review.
“#Italy, #Turkey, mainland #Greece all safe at the moment.
“And now that the #UnitedKingdom is red and above 20, will other countries impose measures on #UK citizens?”
One of the main criteria the government is considering when applying quarantine measures is the latest seven-day infection rate.
Countries with more than 20 reported new cases per 100,000 people could be at risk of being removed from the list.
Currently, Portugal’s case rate over a seven-day period is 24.3 per 100,000 people, putting the country firmly in the “red”.
Denmark is currently on the cusp of the “red” zone with 19.4 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
But Mr Shapps did reveal some good news on Monday regarding regional travel corridors.
He tweeted: “New scientific capability & capacity now means we can take a more targeted approach to travel corridors, giving England the flexibility to add or remove islands from the list based on clear evidence – whilst ensuring maximum protection to UK public health.”
Portugal was only added to the travel corridor list a couple of weeks ago after being absent from the list for months.
The country has recorded relatively low coronavirus cases, with just over 60,000 in total.
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