Portugal finally added to travel corridors list, 3 others now require quarantine

Aug 20, 2020

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On Thursday, the U.K. government unveiled the latest edits to its quarantine list. As of this weekend, the government will remove Croatia, Austria and Trinidad & Tobago from its list of approved travel corridor countries. At the same time, the government will add Portugal to the travel corridors list, rendering travel more accessible to the country for the first time since the corridors were introduced in July.

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As of 4 a.m. on Saturday, 22 August, travellers entering England from Croatia, Austria and Trinidad & Tobago must quarantine for 14 days. The restriction applies even to British nationals who are currently on holiday.

Additionally, as of that time, travellers entering England from Portgual will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days. Arrivals into England before Saturday morning are still required to quarantine.

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“A range of factors taken into account when JBC & Ministers assess Travel Corridors — including but not limited to: estimated prevalence of COVID-19 in a country; the level and rate of change in the incidence of confirmed positive cases; the extent of testing in a country”, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Schapps said on Twitter. “The testing regime and test positivity; the extent to which cases can be accounted for by a contained outbreak as opposed to more general transmission in the community; government actions; and other relevant epidemiological information”.

The U.K. government said in a press release that the weekly cases per 100,000 for Croatia has increased 164% between 12 August and 19 August. In Trinidad & Tobago, the rate increased 232%, and in Austria, it’s increased 93%.

At the same time, the FCO has revised its travel recommendations. It now advises against all but essential travel to Croatia, Trinidad & Tobago and Austria. Additionally, Portugal is now exempt from the FCO’s global advisory against non-essential.

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In recent weeks, the government has made several changes to the list of countries it deems safe to travel to. Recently, Spain, Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands, Aruba, Monaco, Malta and Turks & Caicos were all removed from the list.

At this time, Greece, where cases have been on the rise, is still on the travel corridor list.

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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