Later today, the government will announce whether it will be removing any countries from its travel corridor list. Countries on the UK’s travel corridor list mean that Britons can visit there without facing 14 days in quarantine on their return. Last week, Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago were all removed from the safe list.
Portugal was added to the list in a triumphant move for British holidaymakers.
It is expected that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will announce the changes on Twitter.
According to Mr Shapps’ last three announcements the tweets are likely to be posted around 5pm or later.
The UK’s threshold for country’s being added to the quarantine list is those with a case rate higher than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
The UK government is also working in line with the Joint Biosecurity Centre to assess a number of additional criteria.
Once the announcement is made, Britons are then expected to be given 30 hours to return before the usual deadline of 4am Saturday morning.
Currently, three countries appear to be at risk of being removed from the UK’s travel corridor list.
Switzerland’s seven-day coronavirus rate has risen to 22 cases per 100,000 people.
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Jamaica, which was not in the red zone yesterday, has now recorded 20.8 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
The Czech Republic, while only on the edge of the red zone, has risen above 20.
Their coronavirus rate is 20.2 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
Despite rising cases, Greece is still on the safe list along with Portugal.
Another destination that could be at risk is Gibraltar.
The holiday hotspot is a British Overseas Territory that’s located just off of Spain’s south coast.
Despite Spain being on the UK’s red list, Gibraltar has remained safe for Britons to travel to without facing 14 days in quarantine on their return.
However, it’s average case rate is now up at 139.4 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
This is able Spain, the US, Malta, France and Croatia.
CEO of the travel consultancy, The PC Agency and former BBC News Presenter Paul Charles has been posting Twitter updates everyday on countries’ latest case rates.
“Thurs update: surge in cases in #Spain sends it above #USA.
“Likely additions to @transportgovuk #quarantine list are #Switzerland #Jamaica and #CzechRepublic – all in the red zone.
“Watch #Portugal as cases rise again – now amber. #Greece still green.”
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