UPDATED 01:45- Covering the emergency change to Denmark too
Is that time off the week again where HM Government and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office play stick the tail on the donkey to work out what travel corridors are for this week.
Countries that are being removed from the travel corridors list
- Germany – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany
- Sweden – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sweden
- Denmark – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/transport-secretary-statement-on-denmark
If you are returning to the UK from Germany or Sweden on or after Saturday 4 am on 7th of November, you will need to self-isolate on your return. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
If you are returning to the UK from Demark on or after Friday 4am on the 6th November, you will need to self-isolate on your return. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
As usual, the FCDO is not advising those already travelling to leave these countries to leave at this time – rather, you should follow the advice of the local authorities. You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.
Countries being added from the travel corridors list
Other things to note
- Greece is preparing for a national lockdown, with entry restricted from Saturday. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece
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.
However, England is in Lockdown
For those who have been under a rock (you lucky people), England went into lockdown on Thursday. In regards to travel, between 5th of November to 2nd of December 2020, travelling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or education.
It goes without saying, you must follow the rules that apply to where you live.
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 entering the country without a completed form.
Self Isolate or enjoy a hefty fine.
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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