Mainland Greece and Italy could be next to get the chop from the UK’s travel corridor list along with Denmark. Greece has been a particularly popular choice with Britons this year after it opened its doors to tourists in July. However, last week, the Greek islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos were removed from England’s travel corridor list.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development office (FCDO) is now advising against all but essential travel to the islands.
Those returning to Scotland from Greece will need to self-isolate for 14 days on their return.
Travellers returning to Wales from the islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos are required to self isolate for 14 days.
The government has said that one of its main criteria when considering whether to add a country to the quarantine list is the country’s seven-day infection rate.
The infection rare indicates the prevalence of active coronavirus infections.
Countries that have reported more than 20 new cases per 100,000 people in the population could be at risk of being added to the quarantine list.
CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency Paul Charles has been updating countries’ seven-day coronavirus infection rate.
He said today: “Mon update: several countries don’t report on a Monday as they gather w/end data.
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“#Italy and #Greece remain stable in amber zone. #Denmark likely to be added to quarantine by Thursday.
“Good to see #Iceland’s double-testing system reducing cases rapidly.”
Mainland Greece has recorded 16 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
Meanwhile, Italy’s case rate has risen to 16.8 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
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The UK government usually announces their travel corridor updates on a Thursday evening with the quarantine rules then being enforced from Saturday at 4am.
The government is now taking a more targeted approach to the travel corridor list.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed last week that they would be using “newly acquired JBC data and systems”.
This means that islands can be removed from the travel corridor list or remain on it while the mainlands are removed.
Last week, Portugal was removed from England’s travel corridor list due to its coronavirus case rate.
However, the Azores and Madeira were not removed from the list and remain exempt from quarantine.
Mr Shapps tweeted: “Through enhanced data, we now have the capability to assess islands separate to their mainland countries.
“If you arrive in England from the AZORES or MADEIRA, you will NOT need to self-isolate for 14 days.”
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