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Cyprus and Lithuania back on the quarantine list, no countries removed

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From 4am on Sunday 1st November, anyone returning from Cyprus and Lithuania will have to self isolate for fourteen days.

No countries have been removed from quarantine, which means you now have two fewer destinations to pick from if you are looking for an Autumn break which won’t require two weeks at home on your return.

Travel corridors update

The Government has not yet amended the list of countries exempt from the Foreign Office ‘do not travel’ list (click here). This is usually the trigger for being able to abandon your holiday plans and make a successful travel insurance claim. We expect this to be updated shortly.

The official ‘travel corridor’ list is on this page of the Government website.

Comments (38)

  • Harry T says:

    It’s looking like a matter of time for Germany and Sweden though…

    • Sandgrounder says:

      Hopefully Sweden will hold out next week as well, I have a trip to Stockholm coming up, don’t want to be lumbered with an FTV!

  • ChrisW says:

    Weird Germany wasn’t added as they go into a second lockdown!

    • Simon says:

      Maybe them going into 2nd lockdown is the reason they weren’t added.

      • meta says:

        Yes and you can’t go on holiday there anyway as all hotels will be closed for leisure travellers.

    • J says:

      Germany going ‘into a second lockdown’ with a case rate at a third of our level. Does make me wonder what they know that we don’t…

  • Alba says:

    On a side note – be careful if you’re going to the Canaries. There is new legislation being considered which will require you to have a negative test prior to arriving. The specific details aren’t clear yet, but it could be implemented as early as the 15th of November.

    • Harry T says:

      Thanks for the heads up. I’m glad I’m going on the 8th then!

      • MarkH says:

        Same. Just hoping they don’t get added back on to the naughty list (or taken off the good list…)

        • Harry T says:

          See you there! Numbers look good at the moment in the Canaries. Hopefully the half term Brits haven’t spread too much covid.

          • Colin says:

            Oh good Lord …. Harry T is off to the Canaries! We`re all doomed – doomed I tell ye.

      • Lady London says:

        Funny how it always follows you not precedes you as you go around Europe 🙂

  • RH says:

    Fly back from Cyprus on Saturday (thankfully). The Covid protocols out here have been excellent.

  • Char Char says:

    More madness!

  • jil says:

    many of the counties on the “safe” list are not safe (e.g. Germany), and the quarantine is difficult to enforce thus can only relies on self discipline that many people are lack of, so the current policy is not good enough to curb the virus and in a few weeks time, UK will be forced by the infection/death count into a lockdown.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      You really think it’s coming from people going abroad?

      • Callum says:

        Partially, yes. It may be an insignificant amount now in comparison to the local cases, but you cannot seriously suggest that no one is catching it abroad and bringing it back.

        Even if the country has a much lower number of cases, a significant number of tourists will be engaged in riskier behaviour (myself included – so I’m not taking a moral high ground!) than they would at home, increasing the chance of transmission.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          The number of people bringing it in from abroad is insignificant compared to cases which have started on home soil.

          What riskier antics were you up to there you and a million others aren’t doing here? Visiting museums, restaurants, hotels etc? Anything else well best not said.

      • Harry T says:

        It’s endemic in the North of England now – it was never meaningful controlled and the country opened up on a timeframe proportionate to the situation in London. I doubt Bradford is a shambles right now due to people coming back from their holidays. The UK returning travellers quarantine is a farce on multiple levels.

        • Lady London says:

          What do you think is the answer, @Harry T? If any country gets it right, as soon as they open to visitors, they can waste everything they achieved. Britain had a chance ot stop planes landing for awhile when they did lockdown. they didn’t. As long as you’ve got the back door in your house open you’ve got a draught.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            “Got it right” I disagree anyone managing this by simply closing border has got it right.

            Aus and NZ have basically closed it borders to everyone forever and a day praying for an effective vaccine.

            How does the UK follow that strateg? What do you do? Have thousands of trucks waiting at the border to transport goods? Have critical maintenance and troubleshooting done via zoom or wait 14 days?

            I still think utilising the cheaper quicker (yes less accurate) would be beneficial to getting back to normal.

          • Lady London says:

            @TG you’re making my point. The UK is an island. Yet blew that advantage.

            I do agree the vulnerable should continue to shield and better support put in place but otherwise sooner or later everyone else back to work. The economic damage is mounting with quite high negative effects on health also.

          • Char Char says:

            You can’t hide from the virus and no border closure makes people immune, only causes delays. NZ and AU have different seasons thats the only reason for difference.

      • jil says:

        what i mean is more strict quarantine is needed and quarantine needs to be enforced, e.g. in dedicated hotels, it can’t rely on people’s self discipline.

        • Yorkieflyer says:

          if you are infected, for sure, if you’ve just arrived from a country with infection no worse than hours then no

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Ok then it needs to get much stricter on those that have tested positive on home soil too.

      • Alex Sm says:

        What might be more significant is different mutations of the virus which are not known in your home countries. It’s like with foreign flu strains which are often nastier than domestic ones

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      If Germany isn’t safe, then based on the data, the UK is Covid wasteland!

  • memesweeper says:

    If any logic were applied, quarantine would be applied to those returning from places more dangerous in terms of transmission than the UK.

    • Simon says:

      That is what Switzerland have done, their list has reduced to 4 countries instead of over 60.

  • Graeme says:

    If it’s any consolation to anyone (I’m sure it is), I’ve just passed my COVID test and can now go to St. Lucia next week. Not the holiday I had planned, but it’ll do me.