It seems Her Majesties Government is moving fast with putting down quarantines, with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office in the last hour announcing arrivals from the following countries will be required to self-isolate and quarantine for 14 days upon their return to the United Kingdom.
The countries in the latest update issued by the UK FCO include:
- France – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france
- Netherlands – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/netherlands
- Malta – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta
- Monaco – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/monaco
- The Turks & Caicos islands – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turks-and-caicos-islands
- Aruba –https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/aruba
If you are returning to the United Kingdom from 04:00BST 15th of August, you will be required to self-isolate and place yourself into quarantine.
The FCO is not advising those already travelling in these countries to leave at this time. You should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect yourself and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.
Contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.
You should Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales before re-entering the United Kingdom.
The guidance includes information on the rules if you’re transiting through France from another country to reach the UK.
In a tweet, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
Data shows we need to remove France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos & Aruba from our list of #coronavirus Travel Corridors to keep infection rates DOWN. If you arrive in the UK after 0400 Saturday from these destinations, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) August 13, 2020
Responding quickly – but people will continue to be caught out
For those on holiday, this will come as unwelcome news, as they will have to factor in the time to self-isolate upon their return the United Kingdom now, that they were hoping to escape. The removal of France from the travel corridors list will be unwelcome to for families who have taken their car abroad and need to transit back to the UK either by Tunnel or Ferry.
Considering France is the second most visited countries by visitors from the United Kingdom, there will be a lot of people in France maybe reconsidering right now if to abandon their holidays and return to the UK before the quarantine requirements kick in.
Let alone anywhere else.
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