The Government announced this afternoon that anyone returning to the UK from Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic will need to quarantine for 14 days.
(Switzerland had already been added to the list for residents of Scotland last week.)
The quarantine requirement will kick in from 4am on Saturday morning. As I have written before, it would arguably have been more sensible to impose quarantine from 4am on Sunday morning, allowing those whose holidays end on Saturday to return on their scheduled flights, trains and ferries.
Cuba is removed from the list, although it is not a practical alternative for anyone who had previously been considering a short break in Prague!
The following countries had already been added to the quarantine list over the previous three weeks:
- The Bahamas
- The Netherlands
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos
These countries will also be added to the Foreign Office ‘do not travel’ list (click here), which is usually the trigger for being to abandon your holiday plans and make a successful travel insurance claim.
The official ‘travel corridor’ list – which is shrinking by the week – is on this page of the Government website.
We await news of a potential UK to New York travel corridor, which is now under discussion according to press reports. The coronavirus infection rate in New York is now below the average UK level.
In terms of countries which may be added next week or so, Greece is top of the list of countries which attract a lot of UK visitors and are also seeing a rapid rise in infections.