In the seemingly odder and odder attempt to keep travel going, HM Government and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has updated their travel corridors list.
Let’s look at what’s changed this week.
Countries going off the Travel Corridors list, requiring self-isolation on arriving into the UK
- Liechtenstein – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/liechtenstein
Countries and regions going onto the travel corridor list
- The Canary Islands (the rest of Spain is not exempt) – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain
- Denmark – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/denmark
- Maldives – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/maldives
- Mykonos – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece
If you arrive in England from the Canary Islands, Denmark, Maldives or Mykonos after 4 am 25 October, you may not need to self-isolate. Read the rules about when you need to self-isolate and for how long.
Restrictions. There’s plenty if you’re choosing to pack your bags.
Earlier, Germany imposed new restrictions on entering the country for UK Citizens (amongst others). If you are travelling to Denmark, you will need to prove to have a “worthy purpose” for visiting, such as work or study, as Denmark deems Britain to be a high-risk country – popping over for Lego or tourism does not count as a valid reason.
If you’re travelling to the Canary Islands, you’ll need to complete a passenger locator form. Meanwhile, if you’re planning on heading to the Maldives, you are required to prove they have had a negative Covid test within 96 hours of arrival.
Airlines are jumping on this
However, it isn’t stopping airlines flogging tickets and holidays – I’ve noted Jet2 and BA get on the bandwagon already. Expect more to follow.
We have some VERY exciting news…😉https://t.co/hJDjJyUC3Z#canaries #canaryislands #canariesislands #tenerife #tenerifeisland #lanzarote #lanzaroteisland #fuerteventura #fuerteventuraisland #grancanaria #grancanariaisland #wintersun pic.twitter.com/58fcqV7BaR
— Jet2tweets (@jet2tweets) October 22, 2020
Following today’s update to the #TravelCorridors list, we’re offering some great deals to the Canary Islands. Save £100 on holidays, if you book by midnight 27 October 2020, for travel by 30 September 2021. Book now at https://t.co/9liI3QjV6a. UK only. T&Cs apply. pic.twitter.com/G6BaHtuwFJ
— British Airways (@British_Airways) October 22, 2020
However, don’t plan too far ahead. With changes happening weekly, you could be fast rearranging a break…
And don’t forget when returning to the UK…
All travellers, including those from exempt destinations, will still be required to show a completed passenger locator form on arrival in the United Kingdom unless they fall into a small group of exemptions. Failure to do so will lead to fines if you are caught crossing into the country without a completed form.
… And if you do have to self-isolate
Yes, it’s not going to be a fun time if you have to self-isolate on returning to the UK. It’ll be a less of a fun time on your wallet if you breach the self-isolation rules when returning from non-exempt countries, with fines increasing have increased from £1,000 for a first offence up to £10,000 for subsequent offences, mirroring penalties for those breaching self-isolation following a positive COVID test or contact from Test & Trace.
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