6 countries added to UK’s quarantine list

Aug 13, 2020

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The United Kingdom has added a total of six countries to its quarantine list. As of this weekend, the government will remove France, the Netherlands, Malta, Aruba, Monaco and Turks & Caicos from its list of approved travel corridor countries.

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As of 4 a.m. on Saturday, 15 August, travellers entering England from France, the Netherlands, Malta, Aruba, Monaco and Turks & Caicos must quarantine for 14 days. The restriction applies even to British nationals who are currently on holiday.

At the same time, the FCO has removed all six nations from its list of countries that it deems safe for Britons to travel to. As of Saturday, the FCO recommends Britons avoid all non-essential travel to France, the Netherlands, Malta, Aruba, Monaco and Turks & Caicos.

Related: What is considered essential travel vs. non-essential travel during coronavirus restrictions?

Transport Minister Grant Schapps announced on Thursday night that the government was removing the six countries from its travel corridors list.

The removal of the six nations brings the number of travel corridor countries down to 71 as of Saturday morning.

The government later said in a press release that reported coronavirus cases in all six countries were on the rise. Over the past week in France, there has been a 66% increase in newly reported cases. Over the past four weeks in the Netherlands, there was an increase of 52%.

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

This time around, the government has given a little bit more warning for travellers who hope to get back to England before the quarantine requirement takes effect. In July, the government revised its advice for travel to Spain with near immediate effect.

The government has said several times that it’s keeping its travel corridor list under review constantly. At any moment, the government could add or remove countries from its list.

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