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UK to close ALL travel corridors from Monday

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The UK Government has just announced that ALL travel corridors will be closed from 4am on Monday.

This means that, irrespective of where you are returning from, you will need to quarantine for 10 days.

Unless you live in Scotland, the ‘test to release’ scheme will remain in place for arrivals from selected countries. This allows you to leave quarantine after five days if you test negative for coronavirus.

As already announced, all arrivals to the UK will also need to show a negative covid test on arrival from Monday.

This move is in response to the spread of new coronavirus mutations, with the ‘Brazil’ strain already starting to appear in other countries.

The ‘travel corridor’ list currently comprises:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Cayman Islands
  • Channel Islands
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Gibraltar
  • Greek islands: Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Zakynthos
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Japan
  • Kiribati
  • Laos
  • Macao
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Montserrat
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • St Barthélemy
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Pierre and Miquelon
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

The official ‘travel corridor’ list, which does not yet reflect this change, is on this page of the Government website.

Comments (63)

  • Craig says:

    Just finished my second week volunteering on the vaccine front. Lots of care home staff and military this week with most of the rest of the over 80s. It’s been challenging, the snow yesterday made things really tough, split thumbs and sore feet I can cope with to see the look on peoples faces after the jab. Back to the day job tomorrow for a rest then the same again next week. Steadily building up the group of volunteers so we aren’t doing more than 6 hours a week each. So as far as I’m concerned this is a positive step that combined with vaccination and national restrictions should make a real difference soon.

  • Oli says:

    There are quite a bit of countries (in Africa etc) for which test for release can’t be used, not just South Africa and Portugal. See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transport-measures-to-protect-the-uk-from-variant-strains-of-covid-19#travel-bans-to-the-uk—banned-countries

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    As a reminder, test to release doesn’t apply in Scotland. My 10 days up at 10:15pm tomorrow!

  • Shaz says:

    But you can still travel for work on a weekly basis and not be required to quarantine or have a negative test result?

  • yorkieflyer says:

    B***er, that wrecks my RTW ticket to South Georgia, Antarctic, Micronesia and Diego Garcia

    • Craig says:

      Flown over the first, landed at the second and stayed overnight at the fourth. You’re not missing much!

      • Andrew M says:

        Overnight on Diego Garcia? That’s quite an achievement! You weren’t subjected to extraordinary rendition to black site by the CIA were you?

        • Craig says:

          Fortunately not, I do remember a piece of paper explaining all the excruciating ways to die if you went swimming.

          • Andrew M says:

            How did you get in? Government or military business? That’s the only way AFIK.

      • Craig says:

        I was in the RAF, took a C130 in.

      • Chris Heyes says:

        Craig I’m impressed studied Diego Garcia in my youth, How the British Government’s stitched the population up Threatening, killing their animals, and finally deporting them temporally (but was deceit never to allow them back) Because the Americans wanted a Military Base there. Kept up with it. Has successive Government’s have denied them right of return, even though the islanders have won every court battle
        The latest Government excuse is the island is sinking so it would be to dangerous lol
        I CAN IMAGINE1000s of Americans floundering in sea lol

        • Colin MacKinnon says:

          Read about the Highland Clearances and see what Scots did to their own folk! Let alone what governments do to others.
          And the promises of land to soldiers, like my grandfather, in return for fighting in WW1.

  • James says:

    Only 12 months too late

  • NigelthePensioner says:

    Covid: UK to close all travel corridors from Monday
    Published1 hour ago

    About damn time too!!!! Its only taken many emails and the realisation that this was a complete farce in the face of intelligence from the front line. What idiots would allow people to mix with international tourists and return to the UK unchallanged?? Politicians, that’s who; and maybe others with financial agendas.
    Anyway, now its sorted, but this should have come in from before the Xmas / New Year “fun in the sun” fortnight.
    I hope not too many of our Gang suffer as a result……..

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      Err it’s already rampant here? Perhaps closing the stable door after the horse has bolted???

  • Jan M says:

    Whatever the merits of ending the travel corridor scheme, I’m pleased to see that they will be removing business executives from the exempted professions category at the same time.

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