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The latest travel corridor update was announced today by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Twitter. Mr Shapps tweeted: “Latest data shows we need to remove SLOVENIA and GUADELOUPE from the Travel Corridor list to keep everyone safe. This means if you arrive in the UK from these destinations after 4am Saturday, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.”
The Department for Transport (DfT) said there has been “a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases of coronavirus in both destinations”.
However, it isn’t all bad news for British holidaymakers looking for new holiday destinations.
Mr Shapps also revealed that two countries would be added to the travel corridor list.
He added: “Separately, we will be adding SINGAPORE and THAILAND to the Travel Corridor list.
“Please check before you travel as both countries may have extra requirements before entering.” [sic]
The countries have been added to the list of travel corridors after a decrease in the rate of coronavirus cases.
Travellers arriving in England from either south-east Asian country after 4am on Saturday will no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days.
One of the government’s main criteria when considering putting a country on the quarantine list is its seven-day infection rate.
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If a country reports 20 new cases per 100,0000 of its population over seven days, then it could be at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list.
Travellers from Slovenia and Guadeloupe will also be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Scotland from 4am on Saturday due to significant increases in coronavirus cases, the Scottish Government said.
But Singapore and Thailand will be added to the list of countries exempt from quarantine.
CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency Paul Charles predicted that Slovenia would be removed from the travel corridor list today.
However, it was also predicted that Denmark could be removed from the travel corridor list after recording 33.8 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
He tweeted earlier: “Thurs update: it is weekly review day and #Denmark sadly may face being added to the quarantine list, along with #Slovenia, now on 31.1 over 7 days. We still argue that #Singapore should be exempt.”
Since the announcement, Mr Charles tweeted: “The government has also listened to us regarding #Singapore which is being taken off the quarantine list along with #Thailand.
He added: “As predicted #Slovenia is being added to the #UK quarantine list. Alongside #Guadeloupe.”
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