UK government adds 5 more countries to travel corridor list

Jul 24, 2020

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The government has added five countries to its travel corridors list. From 28 July, travellers arriving in England from Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines will not have to quarantine for 14 days.

Transport Secretary Grant Schapps made the announcement on Twitter on Friday, though the changes don’t take effect until 28 July. Travellers arriving in England from the five countries before 28 July will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Currently, there are 75 countries on England’s list of travel corridors. As of 28 July when Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines join, that number will rise to 80.

It’s worth noting that all five of these countries also appear on the FCO’s list of countries that it deems safe to travel to. So not only will travellers not have to quarantine for 14 days on returning to England, but your travel insurance will be valid, given there are no government restrictions advising against travel.

Related: What happens if you ignore government advice to travel right now?

If you plan on travelling to the U.K. from any country, regardless of whether there is a travel corridor in place, you will need to complete a passenger locator form on arrival to the U.K.

As of 11 July, the government removed Serbia from its original list of approved countries.

There was speculation that the popular holiday destination Portugal would be added to the next round of travel corridors additions. However, at this time, travellers coming from Portgual will still have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in England.

According to a press release, the government said that the border health measures remain subject to review every 28 days.

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