As coronavirus infection rates rise, it can be hard to keep track of which countries you have to quarantine for two weeks on return to the UK. Situations can feel so fast moving that what might feel like a 'safe' holiday destination one week, quickly becomes a riskier choice seven days later.
Health minister Helen Whately said the situation with all holiday destinations was ‘under review’, and countries were the situation was developing quickly would be removed from the 'safe list'. She told Sky News:
"We have to keep the situation under review and I think that is what the public would expect us to do. If we see rates going up in a country where at the moment there is no need to quarantine, if we see the rates going up, we would have to take action because we cannot take the risk of coronavirus being spread again across the UK."
The UK government is basing the safety of a country on the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 - deeming any country with other 20 cases per 100k a risk.
*It's worth noting the two-week quarantine rule aims to protect the United Kingdom against the spread of coronavirus, as opposed to being in place in an attempt to ruin holidays.
So, which countries do you currently not have to quarantine on return from?
From 4am on Sunday 25 October, the government have announced you will no longer have to quarantine when returning from:
- The Canary Islands
Countries already on the no quarantine / safe travel list include the likes of:
- British Virgin Islands
- the Channel Islands
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- St Lucia
As for the places you do have to quarantine on return from? Most recently, Liechtenstein was added to the list, meaning anyone returning after 4am on 25 October has to isolate for two weeks. Other places on the list include:
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