Mr Shapps tweeted this evening that Andorra, Belgium and The Bahamas will be removed from the “travel corridor” list. He explained that the reason is to keep coronavirus infection rates “down”. Mr Shapps tweeted this evening: “Data shows we need to remove Andorra, Belgium and The Bahamas from our list of #coronavirus Travel Corridors in order to keep infection rates DOWN.
“If you arrive in the UK after 0400 Saturday from these destinations, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.”
However, there is some good news for Britons looking for some new holiday destinations.
Mr Shapps also revealed that Brunei and Malaysia will now be added to the UK’s “air bridge” list.
He added: “Data shows that we are now able to add BRUNEI and MALAYSIA to the Government’s Travel Corridor list following a decrease in confirmed cases of #coronavirus.
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“From 04:00 on Tuesday, passengers arriving in England from these destinations will no longer be required to self-isolate.”
Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf commented on the latest developments.
He said: “The governments of all for nations have agreed to these changes based on a shared understanding of the data.
“This is another important step in our efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, and adhering to the quarantine is a vital aspect of this.
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“Imposing quarantine requirements on those arriving from another country is not a decision made lightly – but suppressing the virus and protecting public health remains our priority.”
Figures released on Thursday show that Belgium has had a consistent rise in cases in recent weeks, rising to 27.8 new cases per 100,000 people.
This is over the UK’s latest rate of 8.4 and is even higher than Spain’s rate of 27.4 per 100,000.
This was roughly the rate around the time the UK reimposed the quarantine on arrivals from Spain.
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Belgium’s prime minister Sophie Wilmes was last week forced to put a halt to the country’s coronavirus exit plan by introducing drastic new social distancing measures in the hope of avoiding a new national lockdown.
She announced a plan to limit contacts outside every household to the same five people for a month to limit the virus’s spread.
There has been no update so far on whether there will be any changes to the quarantine rules imposed on those travelling from Spain to the UK.
Portugal, which is another popular choice with Britons, has also not been mentioned.
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In Wales, the restrictions come into force from midnight tonight August 6.
At the same time, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice to warn against all but essential trips to Andorra, Belgium and The Bahamas.
Brunei and Malaysia have been added to the Government’s travel corridor list, following a decrease in confirmed cases of coronavirus, meaning arrivals from these countries no longer need to quarantine.
Belgium’s total coronavirus cases stand at 71,158, Andorra has had 944 cases and The Bahamas has had 751 cases in total.
Source Daily Express :: Travel Feed