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UK travel restrictions: Are Greece or Portugal on the quarantine list?

By Eleanor Lawrie
BBC Information

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Folks coming into England from mainland Portugal should self-isolate for 14 days from 04:00 BST on Saturday.

This implies vacationers can nonetheless go to the islands of Madeira and the Azores while not having to quarantine on their return. Hungary and Reunion have additionally been added to the record for passengers flying into England and Wales.

Nonetheless, Sweden has been added to England and Wales’s travel hall lists. It means from Saturday, travellers from there who enter England and Wales will not have to self-isolate.

So, the place are you able to go on vacation now with out quarantining?

Which nations at the moment are on the quarantine record?

Folks coming into the UK from most nations should quarantine.

Restrictions have not too long ago been reapplied to a number of nations, or areas, which had been beforehand exempt:

  • 12 September – Hungary and Reunion (travellers to Wales)
  • 12 September – mainland Portugal, Hungary, Reunion and French Polynesia (travellers to England)
  • 9 September – Greek islands Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante) (travellers to England and Northern Eire)
  • 5 September – Portugal and French Polynesia (travellers to Scotland)
  • four September – Portugal, Gibraltar, French Polynesia and 6 Greek islands

    (travellers to Wales)

  • Three September – Greece (travellers to Scotland)
  • 2 September -Zakynthos (travellers to Wales)
  • 29 August – Czech Republic, Jamaica, Switzerland
  • 22 August – Croatia, Austria, Trinidad and Tobago (plus Switzerland, for travellers to Scotland)
  • 15 August – France, Netherlands, Malta, Monaco, Turks & Caicos, Aruba
  • Eight August – Belgium, Andorra, Bahamas
  • 31 July – Luxembourg
  • 27 July – Spain

How is the quarantine record determined?

The Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) – arrange by the authorities to watch coronavirus – works with the chief medical officers of every UK nation and advises on the place must be on the record.

The choice is often made when 20 or extra folks out of each 100,000 in a rustic, or island, are contaminated over seven days, however different components are additionally thought-about. These embrace:

  • the estimated proportion of the inhabitants that’s at present infectious
  • tendencies in the variety of circumstances and deaths
  • data on a rustic’s testing capability
  • how a lot the virus has unfold, together with clusters of circumstances and the stage of transmission in the neighborhood

Why is England introducing regional travel corridors?

The federal government can take a focused method to setting quarantine guidelines now that different nations can share sturdy knowledge on their coronavirus charges, Transport Minister Grant Shapps says.

Distinctions will solely be made between islands and the mainland, as it’s too tough to differentiate between inland areas, and folks might travel too simply between them.

To this impact, mainland Portugal goes on England’s quarantine record from the early hours of 12 September, however not the nation’s islands.

Earlier in week, seven Greek islands had been added to the quarantine record however guests getting back from the remainder of the nation wouldn’t be required to self-isolate.

Why may there be variations between UK nations?

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picture captionThe nations have break up over whether or not Portugal ought to go on the quarantine record

Well being is a devolved coverage, that means every UK nation units its personal quarantine record. However till not too long ago these have typically been an identical.

In early September, Scotland and Wales determined to use quarantine measures to all or components of Greece after a lot of circumstances of the virus had been traced again to travellers from there.

In addition they each added Portugal to their quarantine record, after it breached the key threshold of 20 circumstances per 100,000 folks.

However England and Northern Eire didn’t instantly apply quarantine restrictions to travellers from Greece and Portugal at that time.

Though Portugal has breached the circumstances threshold, the transport minister at the time mentioned the nation been doing extra testing, and the proportion of these testing optimistic had fallen from 1.8% to 1.6%.

”We do not need to exclude nations for doing the proper factor and finishing up a variety of checks,” he advised the BBC.

media captionHow do I quarantine after getting back from a vacation overseas?

The place can I’m going with out quarantining once I get again?

Travellers from nations that pose a “diminished danger” from coronavirus – in the authorities’s eyes – are exempt.

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Azores, Barbados, BES Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Greece (besides seven islands, from 9 September), Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macau, Madeira, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, San Marino, Seychelles, South Korea, St Barthélemy, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, Slovakia, Slovenia, St Vincent and the Grenadine, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Vatican Metropolis, Vietnam

There are separate exemption lists for Wales,Scotland and Northern Ireland.

These coming into the UK from the frequent travel space – the Republic of Eire, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man – are exempt, as are the 14 British Abroad Territories.

What if folks do not quarantine?

Travellers not self-isolating when they’re speculated to can be fined £1,000 in England, Wales and Northern Eire, or £480 in Scotland.

They are often fined as much as £3,200 in England if they don’t present correct contact particulars, or £1,920 in Wales.

What about restrictions at my vacation spot?

Travellers leaving the UK might nonetheless face restrictions – together with quarantine – once they arrive in one among the exempted nations. For instance, everybody coming into Australia must quarantine for 14 days, and an exemption visa is required if you’re not a resident or a citizen.

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