Quarantine: Greece and Italy ‘not looking good’ as holiday ‘safe’ list for Britons shrinks

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This week, Turkey and Poland were removed from the UK’s travel corridor list in a huge blow to Briton’s holidays. Turkey has become a popular destination this year due to the fact it remained on the UK’s travel corridor list. However, the country was removed from the UK safe list after it emerged that the Turkish Health Ministry had been defining the number of new COVID-19 cases in a different way to the definition used by international organisations.

The Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba were also removed from the UK safe list.

The latest quarantine decision has left Britons with just six destinations that they can visit without facing restrictions or quarantine.

The destinations are Germany, Italy, Sweden, mainland Greece, Gibraltar and San Marino.

There are other destinations available to Britons but most of them require either testing or quarantine on arrival.

Now, a travel expert has revealed that popular destinations Greece and Italy could be removed from the quarantine exemption list.

CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency Paul Charles has been posting daily updates regarding country’s coronavirus case rates.

He said today:“Sat update: #Dubai/UAE sees daily infection rates double in the last two weeks.

“Surge continues in #Europe as five #EU countries go above the #USA in our table.

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“It is not looking good for #Italy and #Greece in the coming review.

“#Cyprus case numbers rising.”

Countries at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list are those with more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

And although cases in Italy and Greece have remained low compared to other European nations, cases in the two nations are creeping above 20.

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The latest figures from The PC Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) suggest that both Italy and Greece are recording 22.7 cases per 100,000 people.

Another nation that’s recording a surge and is on the safe list is Estonia.

The country is recording 29.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Meanwhile, Sweden’s figures have rocketed to 31.7 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

Currently, Cyprus and Singapore are the only countries in the “green zone” whose figures are below 15.

However, both countries have strict measures in place for arrivals.

Short-term visitors from anywhere in the world are not allowed to enter Singapore with anyone who is granted permission having to undergo 14 days in quarantine.

Visitors to Cyprus must provide a negative test result on arrival which has to be obtained 72 hours before they travel.

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