In the latest coronavirus quarantine announcement, Cuba removed from UK Quarantine List. Is New York to follow soon?
UK Travel Quarantine new update effective 29 august
The Czech Republic and Switzerland added to the quarantine list
Travellers returning to the UK from the Czech Republic and Switzerland on 29 August at 4 AM must quarantine for 14 days.
In a post on Twitter, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps indicated the move, which also includes Jamaica, was needed to keep infection rates down.
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0:00 – UK Travel Quarantine New Update Effective 29 August
0:16 – Switzerland & Czech Republic added to UK’s COVID 19 quarantine list
Quarantining on return from a non-Travel Corridor country is a legal requirement and you commit a criminal offence if you break that quarantine. Fines, as well as a criminal record, can result.
The UK imposes quarantine measures on countries where the rate of infection exceeds 20 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day period
The UK’s safe list is updated using data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre, an organisation set up by the government to help make policy decisions in the fight against coronavirus, and Public Health England.
Data shared by the government from Jamaica showed the highest spike among the three countries, with weekly cases per 100,000 increasing by 382% from 4.3 on August 20 to 20.8 on Thursday.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice to advise against all but essential travel to the CZECH REPUBLIC, SWITZERLAND AND JAMAICA
Quarantine measures are set by each individual UK country but the Department of Transport said they would all be setting equivalent measures.
Cuba will be added to the list of low-risk countries from which travellers can arrive from without now having to self-isolate.
01:24 – EU countries on UK COVID Quarantine List
The UK government said there has been a “consistent increase” in the weekly case rate in Switzerland over the past four weeks, with cases per 100,000 rising from 18.5 to 22 over the past week.
The Czech Republic sees more than 300,000 British tourists every year, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The capital Prague is a popular destination for city breaks and stag parties.
Katarina Hobbs, director of Czech Tourism UK and Ireland, insists the country “remains a safe country to travel to”, adding she hoped the British government would reconsider its decision “very soon”.
The UK’s Travel Corridor (or Green list) are all the countries not on the UK COVID quarantine country list. They are free to enter the UK as required without the need to COVID quarantine after travel. The lists are as follows:
01:55 – Countries on UK Travel Corridor List (The Green List)
01:59 – European Countries on the UK’s Green List
02:18 – Countries From the Americas that are on the UK Safe List
02:29 – Asia Pacific countries on the UK Safe List of Travel
How Long to quarantine for COVID after travel? Generally, the UK quarantine period is for 14 days. The above countries do not need to quarantine for 14 days.
02:43 – Who’s Next On the UK Quarantine List?
03:30 – Travel Between the UK and New York On the Horizon?
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