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Quarantine: Countries that could be added or removed from travel corridor list tomorrow

Holidays were thrown into chaos when the coronavirus pandemic struck earlier this year. Thousands of Britons saw their holidays cancelled and plans put on hold as international travel restrictions were put in place. Now, Britons have to quarantine for 14 days on return to the UK from certain destinations not included on the government’s travel corridor list.

The list is reviewed every week with Grant Shapps usually making an announcement on a Thursday evening.

Last week saw a welcome boost for holidays when Denmark, the Canary Islands, the Greek island of Mykonos and the Maldives were added to the travel corridor list.

Britons flocked in their hundreds to the popular Canaries after months of the islands being effectively out of bounds.

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The only country to be removed from the travel corridor list and added to the quarantine list last week was Liechtenstein.

READ MORE: Canary Islands: Regional restrictions could impact holidays – list

Quarantine: Countries that could be added or removed from travel corridor list tomorrow (Image: GETTY)

Quarantine: Countries in Africa have remained absent from the travel corridor list (Image: GETTY)

This week, several locations could be added to the travel corridor list after it emerged that the UK government had reportedly made an amendment to the criteria which allows a nation to be considered for the coveted list.

According to Paul Charles, the CEO of travel consultancy the PC Agency, the new criteria has meant that more countries are now out of the “red zone” and in the “safe zone”.

The government has been using data based on a country’s coronavirus case rate per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

Previously, countries with more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period were at risk of being removed from the list.

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It seems the government are now allowing for a higher rate of infection, with the new threshold reported to be 100 cases per 100,000 people.

Mr Charles said on the weekend: “Sat update: our understanding is that #JointBiosecurityCentre have moved the tiers for quarantine.

“So our red zone now starts at 100 for seven-day rates and amber is at 50. This will likely lead to more countries getting corridors in the next month.”

With this in mind, which countries could be added and removed from the travel corridor list tomorrow?

Express.co.uk has looked at the latest figures and compiled a list.

Could be added to UK travel corridor list:

Jamaica

Mr Charles tweeted yesterday that Jamaica “really should be given” a travel corridor this week.

The country is recording 14.5 new cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period which is well below the old and new thresholds.

Jamaica was removed from the list at the end of August along with Switzerland and the Czech Republic following a spike in coronavirus cases.

Africa

Countries in Africa have remained absent from the travel corridor list in recent months.

Currently, South Africa is recording 19.6 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

But other nations on the continent are recording even fewer than this.

UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) are a popular winter destination with Britons.

The UAE is currently absent from the UK’s travel corridor list, with Britons expected to quarantine on their return to the UK.

However, the UAE is recording 99.5 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, putting it in the “amber zone”.

It was announced yesterday that plans are also being discussed to introduce a travel corridor between London and Dubai.

Quarantine exemption list (Image: EXPRESS)

Could be removed from UK travel corridor list:

Cyprus

Unfortunately, Cyprus could get the axe this week after its infection rate spiked even further.

The country has recorded 108.3 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

The country has been a very popular holiday destination with Britons over the summer.

Germany

Germany’s case rate is 91.7 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

However, the country’s case rate is rising dramatically on a daily basis having recorded around 10,000 new cases a day.

Germany is now also demanding evidence of a negative coronavirus test from Britons visiting the country.

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