UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest travel corridors

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WHAT ARE THE LATEST RULES FOR QUARANTINE?

The travel industry received a boost when it was announced that from Tuesday 15 December, anyone arriving in England from a country not on the travel corridor list would have to quarantine for just five days, down from 14 days. Travellers would then have to take a Covid test to show they were negative before returning to work; the Lamp test, costing from about £60, would provide a result within an hour and would need to be booked before arriving in England. Overseas travel from England is back on the map from Wednesday 2 December, when current lockdown measures were lifted.

WHAT COUNTRIES ARE EXEMPT FROM THE UK QUARANTINE RULES?

As of Tuesday 24 November 2020, travellers to the following destinations are not required to self-isolate upon return to the UK:

Anguilla, Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Azores, Bahrain, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Canary Islands, Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Chile, Cuba, Dubai, Dominica, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Gibraltar (requires quarantine for travellers from Wales), the Greek islands of Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos, Greenland, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Israel, Japan, Jerusalem, Laos, Latvia, Macau, Madeira, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Singapore, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, St Barthélemy, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, St Eustatius and Saba, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United Arab Emirates, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay and Vietnam.


WHAT IF I’M TRAVELLING TO A COUNTRY NOT ON THE LIST?

Arriving back in the UK, travellers have to fill in an online form with information on where they live or will be staying. In England, spot checks are carried out by Public Health England, and fines of up to £10,000 handed to anyone breaching the rules. The same goes for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, although the amount of money fined differs. Also, on Sunday 8 November, the UK imposed a ban on non-UK citizens arriving from Denmark, due to concerns over a new coronavirus strain spreading to humans from mink. UK citizens can return from Denmark, but will have to isolate for 14 days (five days from 15 December) with all members of their household.

Is anyone exempt?

Quite a few people, including medical staff, lorry drivers, seasonal farm workers, regular international commuters and diplomats (but not their partners or families).

Why are we being asked to quarantine?

The government says the regulations are being guided by science and are intended to prevent a further rise in infections at a time when figures are dropping.

Would I need to take any quarantine period as a holiday?

It seems likely that anyone who is able to holiday abroad then self-isolate at home on returning would need to talk to their employer about working from home during the quarantine period.

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