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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 (62)

  • ChrisC says:

    Are they going to enforce it though? Not just a phone call but visits from the police or enforcement agencies

    Without enforcement people will just go out and about as though nothing has happened!

    • John says:

      They have been enforcing it for South Africa arrivals so I guess they will enforce the South America ones too.

    • Jon says:

      They don’t have the man power do they? So many officers are off self isolating themselves because they or a member of their household has tested positive. In Surrey one district is down by 2/3rds! And they are very busy dealing with domestics and have little time for visiting traveller returning home.

      • The real John says:

        Well, they are not going to visit everyone but some forces have visited some people. If you live in that district of Surrey then I guess you can go out if you wish

  • Mike says:

    This is a very good measure and I see it applies to the CTA, which is excellent news as Ireland has the highest infection rate in the World.

    There was no justification in keeping GB open to Irish arrivals. Ireland should have been banned long ago.

    • The real John says:

      Where does it say people coming from Ireland will need to self-isolate?

  • Andrew says:

    I thought Antigen tests were being accepted for inbound travel?

  • ChrisW says:

    Very few places on that list that still have direct flights to the UK. If you have to transit somewhere not on that list to get home you have to quarantine anyway.

    So, I doubt this will impact many people.

    • yorkieflyer says:

      Bugger, that wrecks my RTW ticket to South Georgia, Antarctic, Micronesia and Diego Garcia

  • Andrew says:

    Excellent news. Hopefully it stays in place until then summer by which time a lot of people will have been vaccinated.

  • Nick_C says:

    The recorded infection rate in Ireland only overtook ours on Jan 6th, not very long ago at all.

    https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-data-explorer?zoomToSelection=true&time=earliest..latest&country=GBR~IRL&region=World&casesMetric=true&interval=smoothed&perCapita=true&smoothing=7&pickerMetric=location&pickerSort=asc

  • Alastair says:

    Every day this whole thing starts to look more like tit-for-tat political posturing than actual thought out policy.

  • Andrew says:

    And Chris Whitty saying that it will be Spring, after Easter, before anything changes – arguing with Boris when the Spring is, but seemingly he was meaning May not April.

    • ChrisW says:

      I would expect a gradual relaxing of restrictions in April (i.e. pubs, hairdressers, restaurants etc reopening) with far more freedom in May.

      • Andrew says:

        I’m expecting it to be a month later than those estimates – and shops opening in April, but hospitality not until May and some travel freedoms by June. But time will tell.

        • yorkieflyer says:

          It will be before then else Boris will have been roasted by his backbenchers

        • Jon says:

          How many pubs will still be in business by then? Or family owned restaurants? ‘Cure worse than the disease’. These measures don’t even save lives according to a huge study by one of the worlds leading epidemiologists John Iaodinnis of Stanford University.

          • Brian says:

            Apparently, there isn’t a single epidemiologist on SAGE. There are lots of mathematicians, who come up with computer models predicting horror scenarios, the predictions being completely meaningless of course, since they make assumptions that necessarily don’t (always) come to pass. There are professors of psychology from UCL advising SAGE, though….It’s no wonder that the Government has no clue about how to deal with the epidemic, given the so-called experts advising it…

          • Callum says:

            Admittedly I only skim read it, but are some of their assumptions not rather dodgy?

            Sweden was classified as a low restriction example, but it was widely reported at the time that people were voluntarily going above and beyond the restrictions. The UK is a severe restriction example, yet there was widespread non-compliance.

            I’d be interested if there’s been a study on verifying both of those points I make as obviously, it’s pretty anecdotal.

          • Nick says:

            If pubs and restaurants have survived since last March, they’ll survive another few months until May. And Bozo’s backbenchers were very quiet when the current restrictions were announced, because it was so obviously affecting hospitals. They will be quiet again if it needs extending unless this changes significantly.

          • Rob says:

            You forget that businesses have been able to not pay rent since March since evictions were banned. No VAT due either. All these bills are coming due.

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