BRITS have faced huge travel uncertainty this Summer with countries being added and removed from the quarantine list at short notice.
Turkey and Poland have become the most recent additions to the government’s quarantine list after a spike in infections – we look at all the places that holidaymakers will need to keep an eye on.
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What is the UK quarantine list?
Travellers must self-isolate for two weeks upon returning from any of the countries or islands on the quarantine list.
If a country stays above 20 cases per 100,000 people for more than seven days it is likely to be added to the UK’s quarantine list.
Passengers must leave their details with border officials, go straight home and self-quarantine for two weeks to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The list currently has over 160 countries and territories on it and is subject to constant review.
Which countries are on the list?
Downing Street has said it is keeping a watchful eye on case numbers, testing figures and infection rates in “a number of countries and territories.”
Those where there is a cause for concern are removed from the travel corridor “safe” list.
The list is updated every Thursday, with new restrictions coming into force from 4am the following Saturday.
The latest countries to be added to the list on October 1 are Turkey and Poland.
Brits returning from these destinations from 4am on Saturday will now have to quarantine for 14 days.
Denmark, Slovakia and Iceland were the last countries to be added to the list on September 24.
All three countries recorded a sudden spike in coronavirus cases which has led to them being removed from the safe travel list.
Slovenia and the French Caribbean island Guadeloupe were added on September 15 to the list, while Thailand and Singapore were taken off the mandatory quarantine list.
From August 15, anyone returning to the UK from France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba must self-isolate for 14 days.
From August 20, the same rules apply to anyone who returned to the UK from Austria, Croatia and Trinidad.
However, holidays to Cuba are now back on as travellers are now allowed to return without having to quarantine.
On September 7, it was announced that those travelling from England to Greek islands Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and Zakynthos – also known as Zante – must also self-isolate for two weeks on their return.
Hungary, along with mainland Portugal, French Polynesia and Reunion were added to the quarantine list on September 12.
You must also quarantine if returning from Slovenia or Guadeloupe.
Full list of countries on the UK’s quarantine list
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Greece (only the islands of Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos, Zante in England)
Portugal (excluding Azores and Madeira)
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
São Tomé and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
Here is the latest travel advice for some of the popular holiday hotspots currently on the quarantine list.
The government announced that France was the latest country to be put on the UK quarantine list from August 15, with cases at 442,194.
13,9215 new cases were confirmed on September 18, the highest since the pandemic began.
Since August 15, Brits have had to quarantine when arriving back from France.
The move affected around 500,000 people who were given a days notice to get home to avoid quarantine.
The country has recorded 30,495 fatalities.
Spain remains on the list indefinitely, as do the surrounding islands although there is hope that regional air bridges may allow Brits to return to the Canary and Balearic Islands this winter.
Portugal is back on the UK’s quarantine list, just three weeks after it was originally deemed safe by the Government.
The country was only removed from the UK’s quarantine list on August 22, but has seen a jump in cases taking it past the ‘safe’ green zone for daily infections – overall cases are currently 67,176.
Portugal has jumped above 20 new daily cases per 100,000 people, using data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) over the past seven days.
Quarantine-free travel is still allowed from the Azores and Madeira, the Portuguese islands.
Greek islands Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and Zakynthos are now on England’s quarantine list, in place since September 9.
Mainland Greece is still part of England’s travel corridors.
All of Greece is on the quarantine list for Scotland.
But Greece as a whole is close to the threshold with 18.3 cases per 100,000.
While having just 2,634 cases, the island saw 106 new cases on September 16, the highest daily count since the beginning of the pandemic.
Total cases are currently 90,047, with daily new cases remaining above 500 – and on September 18 the country reported the highest daily cases since the pandemic began at 1,974.
The US is on the quarantine list as cases in the world’s worst-hit country continue to spiral out of control – with 6.9m cases.
Not only that, but the borders are closed to British tourists.
In spite of this the US has lifted its Global Level 4 warning for Americans wanting to leave the US.
Can I still travel to countries on the quarantine list?
Yes you can, however only for essential travel.
You should check ahead to see what the destination’s policies are on arriving from the UK, as many countries want Brits to quarantine on arrival.
You must be prepared to self-isolate in the UK on your return too.
There are also exemptions to the rule, but they are very rare.
Is there a fine if I break quarantine rules?
Yes, you face a fine of up to £1,000 if you fail to self-isolate at home.
Magistrates also have the power to prosecute or to issue unlimited fines for persistent breaches, or for refusal to pay a fine that has already been issued.
How are quarantine rules enforced in the UK?
The quarantine is being run and enforced by Border Force, cops, and Public Health England officials.
If returning to the UK from a country on the quarantine list, you will need to provide details of your journey and contact details BEFORE you travel.
Those rules continue to apply for the time being – both to Brits returning to the country and tourists arriving from abroad.
Anyone entering the country must provide contact details and then self-isolate for 14 days, or face a fine of up to £1,000.
Police are conducting checks to ensure people are quarantining and not leaving their residence for the two-week period.
Brits living in the UK can quarantine at their own home, but they are not allowed to leave the house for a fortnight.
Anyone without accommodation should be provided with alternative living space by the government.