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Estonia and Latvia added to quarantine list, with some long-haul removals

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The Government has announced its weekly tweaks to the UK travel corridors list.

Estonia (Tallinn is pictured below) and Latvia have been removed from the travel corridors list.

Estonia and Latvia removed from UK travel corridors

From 4am on Saturday 28st November, anyone returning to England from these countries will have to self isolate for fourteen days.

The following places have been removed from the quarantine list, although they are unlikely to be places where you were planning to visit in the short term:

  • Bhutan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Mongolia
  • Aruba
  • Pacific Islands of Samoa, Kiribati, Micronesia, Tonga, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands

The total ban on travel to Denmark will be removed on Saturday. However, you will still need to quarantine for 14 days 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, but the standalone list has been temporarily removed for the November lockdown).

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

Comments (25)

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  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    There’s no quarantine list to be added to, they’ve been removed from the corridor list!
    The default is self isolation with a whitelist of exceptions.

  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    “Saturday 28st November”, might want to change that to 28th.

    Finally I can do my trip! Timor leste, Micronesia and Vanuatu! Lol. Does kind of show a sensible local approach can be efficient.

  • ChrisC says:

    Anyone recommend things to do in Copenhagen and environs ….

    • Peter K says:

      Not that much to be honest. Visit Malmö in Sweden 😂
      Stayed for a week in 2017. The little mermaid statue and Nyhavn are good for a brief gander and photo op.
      Tivoli gardens is again quite interesting. Several places like that.
      Overall it’s a place to visit for the feel of it rather than the stunning tourist attractions I felt.

      • IO says:

        The little mermaid was the most underwhelming thing I have ever seen.

      • The real John says:

        Oh come on, that’s like saying there was not much to do in London. Visit the migrant camps in Calais 🙂 The Emirates cable car is good for a brief gander and photo op. Chessington World of Adventures is quite interesting.

        • The real John says:

          OK I suppose if you are going in December there is less to do in Copenhagen, it’s better to go in summer, and maybe some stuff that would still be open is covid-closed. There are Christmas markets but they may have been cancelled.

    • The real John says:

      4 or 5 palaces (some in the city some quite far out but maybe 1 is enough unless you are really into them) Kronborg castle (better in summer when they have interactive performances of Hamlet), canal tours, Freetown Christiana, Louisiana art museum (outdoors), zoo, aquarium, many other museums, Saltholm / Bornholm / Wem islands, in Sweden walk around Malmö, Lund (astronomical clock), Landskrona (castle), Helsingborg.

      But December is not the best time to go, weather is like Scotland

    • Jill (Kinkell) says:

      Carl’s berg brewery, Glyptotek museum, Rosenborg, Fredericksborg Palaces, There’s a lot to see and do in Copenhagen…Get your tourist books out and check out Tripadvisor. It’s a lovely place…worked there for 2 years

      • Polly says:

        Can spend hours in the Glyptotek, their cafe is in the most beautiful setting. Food lovely. Our fav place in COH. Lovely,place to walk around, cold now tho.

  • Toomanylogins says:

    Can anyone point me towards advice on transfers via the UK? I am trying to find if it is possible to fly from Spain to the London and to transfer the same day to a flight to India. Is this possible either between terminals at Heathrow or between arriving at Gatwick and departing from Heathrow?
    Thanks in advance!

    • 1ATL says:

      Yes you can transfer at “the London” no problem. Fill out your UK arrival locator form as normal and just complete your address as ‘in transit’. You’ll be able to transfer airside, landside and between airports without issue.

  • Simon Schus says:

    I am a little lost by an interaction between the proposed COVID Local restriction tiers in England and the self-isolation requirements outlined in the relevant statutory instrument.

    Specifically, the COVID Local restriction Tier 2 appear to indicate that people must not be indoors or stay overnight with anybody outside of their household or support bubble.

    However, the statutory instrument for post-international self-isolation indicates that an international traveler can self-isolate in “the home of a friend or family member” [Requirement to self-isolate, 4(4)b] and that the international traveler does not need to isolate when “from any member of the household of that friend or family member.” [4(8)c].

    I’m not sure which one to go on.

    When the tier system begins again, are my wife and I allowed to self-isolate at my parents’ house in a Tier 2 area after entering the UK from a non-exempt country?

    This would be after December 2nd, so in ‘tier’ land but before December 15th so not covered by the testing out of the self-isolation rules which will go into effect on that latter date. We don’t live in the UK, we don’t have a UK home and use their address for UK-based correspondence but I’m a UK Citizen

    • Pete says:

      I admire the detail to which you’ve researched this – I can assure you no one actually cares in practice…

    • abc says:

      Probably yes, but no one can say for sure anyway before the new regulations have been published. One way to reconcile the different guidance is that you are considered part of your parent’s household while you’re in the UK.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        you are considered part of your parent’s household while you’re in the UK.

        Is pretty much it.

        • Simon Schus says:

          Thanks all. I’ve not seen anything formal for the the updated regulations yet. I took a look back at the last tier regulations (on the assumption that the legislation will get extended, and the schedules will get updated prior to December 2nd). It doesn’t really define a ‘household’ anywhere. However, it does refer to a ‘legal obligation’ exception to gathering indoors. I’m assuming that the self-isolation after international travel is deemed a legal obligation, and therefore permits one to gather inside for that very purpose. I’ll keep an eye on when the statutory instrument gets published.

          Thank you for your thoughts.

  • Andrew says:

    Let’s hope these reports of the US opening up for travellers from U.K. happens in the new year. Be good to start planning some trips again.

  • Dev says:

    Love the fact that you cannot return from any of the places added onto the exemption list without hitting a country that is subject to quarantine!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Technically if you transit without anyone getting off then back on or anyone new getting on a train/boat/plane you don’t have to quarantine

      private planes are used by some too

  • VinZ says:

    What is the point of all this? Boss flew from Europe yesterday, I forgot to complete their passenger locator form, nobody asked them at airport. Officially they don’t have to quarantine because nobody would be able to check on them…
    The system is a complete farce.

    • Rich says:

      Of course your boss still has to quarantine! The fact that nobody checked their PLR, and that (probably) nobody will ever find out doesn’t absolve him/ her of the requirement!

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