Travel corridors: Which countries are on UK travel corridors list?

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New coronavirus regulations mean anyone returning from a country which isn’t on the travel corridor list will have to quarantine for 14 days on return to the country. This applies both to UK residents and people visiting for tourism or work purposes. However, you don’t have to self isolate on arrival in England if you’ve only travelled somewhere on the travel corridor exemption list, or elsewhere in the UK, in the past two weeks.

Which countries are on the UK’s travel corridor list?

The Maldives, Canary Islands, Mykonos and Denmark have recently been removed from the UK’s quarantine list, meaning they are now travel corridors.

Liechtenstein became the only country to be removed from the list this week, meaning travellers returning from the country will now have to quarantine on return to Britain.

This will likely lead to a surge in bookings for the October half-term break, with holidaymakers desperate to see some winter sunshine.

To see the full list of countries on the UK’s travel corridors list, you can do so here.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed the changes to the travel corridor list via Twitter.

Mr Shapps tweeted: “Following an assessment of the latest data, the Canaries, the Maldives, Denmark and Mykonos have been added to the travel corridors list.

“From 4am on Sunday, October 25, you will no longer need to self isolate if you arrive from those destinations.”

In a statement, the Department of Transport warned the Government would “rapidly” remove countries from the safe list if the public health risk “becomes too high”.

Jet2, the UK’s largest aircraft operator to the Canary Islands, said it would resume flights to the island on October 30.

CEO of and Jet2Holidays Steve Heapy said: “We welcome today’s announcement and we know that our customers, who want to get flying again, will do so too.

“For some time we have been calling for a proportionate, evidence based approach to safe travel and this is very much a step in the right direction.

“There is much to do still, and we look forward to working with Government to achieve that.”

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Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK and /Ireland, said the reintroduction of the Canary Islands to the list was a “positive step”.

Mr Flintham said: “We haven’t been able to take people on a TUI holiday to the Canary Islands for 89 days, when the sudden quarantine and subsequent travel advice was imposed with little notice.

“We’re therefore delighted that UK flights will now resume from Saturday, October 24.

“We urge the Government to continue to work closely with the industry on airport testing so we can open up more destinations in the coming weeks.”

The news comes just a week after the removal of Italy from the air bridges list, in another blow to the travel industry.

Italy also recently introduced compulsory coronavirus testing for arriving visitors from the UK.

Arrivals from European countries like the UK, Spain and France must show evidence of a negative coronavirus test in the 72 hours before travel.

Visitors unable to provide proof of a negative result at the border will have to take a test in Italy.

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