UK quarantine list update: Will Italy and Greece be added to quarantine list?

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Travellers arriving from several key holiday destinations, including Spain, France and Portugal are required to quarantine for 14 days. Rules about countries abroad and mandatory self-isolation have been subject to change depending on the individual coronavirus risk for each country. But will Italy and Greece soon be added to the mandatory quarantine list?

What countries are currently on the travel corridor list?

Several countries, territories and regions around the globe are included on the Government’s travel corridor list according to the latest FCO travel advice.

You are still required to complete the passenger locator form before you enter the UK.

But if you have visited any of the countries included on the travel corridor list here you are not required to quarantine for 14 days.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed five new regions would be added to the Government’s list of travel corridors on Thursday.

The following countries and territories will be removed from the travel corridor list: Turkey, Poland and the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba.

These countries will be officially removed from the list on Saturday, October 3 at 4am meaning travellers from these countries must self-isolate for 14 days from that time.

Mr Shapps announced the travel update on Twitter revealing new countries which will be removed from the travel corridor on Saturday as well as the increase in the penalty fine amount for those who breach quarantine rules.

On Thursday, Mr Shapps tweeted: “TRAVEL CORRIDOR UPDATE: The latest data indicates we need to remove Turkey, Poland, and Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba from the #TravelCorridor list this week.

“This means if you arrive from these destinations from 4am on Saturday, October 3, you will need to self-isolate.

“You MUST self-isolate if you enter the UK from a non-exempt country – from tomorrow, we’re increasing the penalties for people who refuse to do so to a maximum of £10,000 for repeat offenders.

“REMINDER: If you do travel, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form before returning to the UK. Do your bit to help keep everyone safe.

“Data from Poland shows that test positivity has nearly doubled increasing from 3.9 percent to 5.8 percent alongside a rapid increase in weekly cases, causing the Joint Biosecurity Centre to update their recommendation.”

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Will Italy and Greece be added to the quarantine list?

Several countries may lose their travel corridor privilege as the UK reassesses the COVID-19 risk.

When the seven-day rate of new cases hits above 20, the UK Government considers triggering quarantine conditions.

There is a chance Italy, Poland and Greece could be removed from the quarantine-free list as rates of injection rise in each of these countries.

Italy and Greece are now considered to be “high risk” with Poland also in the red zone.

The seven-day rate of new cases per 100,000 people in Italy is now at 20.4.

This is an increase from 18.4 for the previous week.

In total, there have been 314,861 coronavirus cases since the outbreak began.

Of those, there have been 35,894 deaths and there are 51,263 active cases.

Parts of Greece are already subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine including Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos.

However, the rest of Greece is currently free from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation period.

In Greece, there have been 18,475 cases in total, of which 391 have died.

The seven-day rate of new cases per 100,000 people in Greece is now at 20.5.

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