Six new countries axed from UK travel corridor list in major blow to holidaymakers

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Six new countries axed from UK travel corridor list in major blow to holidaymakers

Following a review of the UK travel corridor list, the Government has axed six more countries. Britons currently in any of the six nations will now

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Following a review of the UK travel corridor list, the Government has axed six more countries. Britons currently in any of the six nations will now be required to go into a period of 14-days quarantine upon their return home.

An updated travel advisory notice has been issued to each of the travel advice pages for the affected countries.

It reads: “The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel.

“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”

The FCO is not advising those already in the destinations to leave at this time.

It adds: “You should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect yourself and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus. Contact your travel operator if you have any questions about your return journey.”

However, English residents who return to the UK on or after August 15 now face mandatory isolation.

The rules may vary for Scotland, Ireland and Wales individually and residents are urged to check the relevant travel advisory pages for their home nation.

With an estimated 400,000 Britons currently on holiday in France alone, those who do not wish to quarantine will need to return to the UK before the travel ban comes into action.

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It adds: “You should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect yourself and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus. Contact your travel operator if you have any questions about your return journey.”

However, English residents who return to the UK on or after August 15 now face mandatory isolation.

The rules may vary for Scotland, Ireland and Wales individually and residents are urged to check the relevant travel advisory pages for their home nation.

With an estimated 400,000 Britons currently on holiday in France alone, those who do not wish to quarantine will need to return to the UK before the travel ban comes into action.

France recorded more than 2,500 cases of coronavirus yesterday.

The sudden spike in cases is a record high for the country since their lockdown measures were eased.

The country’s cases per 100,000 is currently below 20 at 18.1 cases per 100,000 people in France.

This is for dates between August 6 and August 12.

In the previous week, the rate was 13.1 cases per 100,000 people.

Similarly, in the Netherlands, the coronavirus rate has hit 23.1 cases per 100,000 people.

As of August 13, Turks and Caicos reported 6,215 active cases.

In Monaco, this figure sits at 3,667 and in Aruba 776.

Daily coronavirus infections in the Netherlands are roughly back to half the level they were during the peak of the pandemic.

Malta, which is a popular holiday destination among Britons, has recorded 46.7 cases per 100,000 people.

Though the news may be unwelcome to Britons with holiday plans, Boris Johnson has insisted the move is vital for public health.

Speaking during a visit to Northern Ireland, he said: “We can’t be remotely complacent about our own situation. Everybody understands that in a pandemic you don’t allow our population to be reinfected or the disease to come back in.

“That is why the quarantine measures are very important, and we have to apply them in a very strict way.”

Rory Boland, Which? Travel Editor, commented: “It’s understandable that the government wants to restrict travel to these countries at this time, but the burden of this decision disproportionally falls on holidaymakers – thousands of whom are likely to be left significantly out of pocket because their airline will refuse to refund them.

“Unlike tour operators, airlines now routinely ignore FCO travel warnings and refuse refunds because, they argue, the flight is still operating. Some major airlines, like Ryanair, won’t even allow customers to rebook without charging a hefty fee.

“The government wants us to act responsibly and not travel to countries with an FCO warning, but it needs to make it clear to airlines that they too need to act responsibly and not ignore government travel advice in an effort to pocket customer cash.”



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