It’s that time of the week again where the UK Government and UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office play Hungry Hippos, and whoever gets the most balls gets to play with the travel corridors list.
Countries being removed from the UK Travel Corridors List:
- Cyprus – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus
- Lithuania – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/lithuania
The FCDO advises against all non-essential travel to Cyprus or Lithuania. If you are out in these countries, the FCDO is not advising those already travelling in in these countries to leave at this time. You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.
If you are returning to the UK from Lithuania on or after 4 am (GMT) on 1 November, you will need to self-isolate on your return (unless you are exempt). Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Countries that are being added to the UK Travel Corridor List:
The countries lists
For those who need the travel corridors list, its at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors.
The list of countries where “Do not travel” does not apply is at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exempt-from-advice-against-all-but-essential-international-travel
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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