Six more countries added to the UK quarantine list
France, Malta and Netherlands, along with Monaco, Aruba and Turks & Caicos, have all been removed from the UK government’s list of Covid-safe ‘travel corridors’, meaning that anyone travelling to the UK from these countries will have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return to Britain, unless they either return, or move to a country on the safe list, before 4am on Saturday, 15th August.
The move came as the numbers of Covid-19 cases in these countries showed a sharp increase over the past couple of weeks, with Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, stating that ministers would be “absolutely ruthless” in deciding whether to impose the measures on a host of new nations.
While there has been speculation all week that these countries were at risk, the timing of the announcement, coming late on Thursday evening, gives travellers less than 30 hours to amend their plans if they wish to avoid the quarantine period. Holiday makers in France will be particularly hard hit, with tens of thousands of Britons currently thought to be visiting the country.
This announcement comes at a particularly bad time for us, as we arrived in Malta on Thursday afternoon and now need to leave the country by Friday evening to avoid having to quarantine on our return to the UK. On the bright side, it means that what was to be a simple review of the Hilton, Malta will now become a short trip report, which will include the Hilton, Sorrento Palace and an EasyJet flight between the two countries. Look out for our reviews, coming soon.
For the latest information on UK travel corridors, please visit the government’s advisory page, here.