Switzerland, Czech Republic and Jamaica added to UK’s 14 day quarantine list

Aug 28, 2020

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The U.K.’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has announced anyone returning from Switzerland, the Czech Republic will need to quarantine for 14 days, from 4am Saturday morning, 29 August. Jamaica has also been added to the quarantine list, though there are only a small number of non-stop flights between the U.K. and Jamaica that will be affected.

Regardless of the nationality of the traveller or the mode of transport by which they arrived in England, they will be required to self-isolate for two weeks.

These three destinations have also been added to the FCO’s ‘Do Not Travel’ list, causing travel insurance implications for future travel. The decision follows rising infections of COVID-19 in all three countries, which the FCO monitors on a daily basis.

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The announcement comes on the eve of the August Bank Holiday long weekend, traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the summer. The popular summer destinations of Italy and Greece have so far remained off the quarantine list, though previous announcements have shown this can change very quickly, without warning, as we saw with Spain.

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Cuba has been removed from the quarantine list, meaning anyone arriving from Cuba will not be required to undertake the 14 day home isolation. Despite this, anyone returning home from a non-quarantine country, but transiting through a quarantine country (such as Spain), will be required to quarantine. Andorra, Belgium, the Bahamas and Luxembourg have also been removed at short notice this summer.

The regular changing of the travel corridor list has made for a challenging summer for British travellers. Those who need to return to work in person on their arrival back to the U.K. risk having to cut their holiday short and return to the U.K. before the quarantine rules kick in. In the case of Spain, travellers were only given a few hours notice, making this impossible for most travellers.

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