Travellers arriving in the UK from Portugal will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, the government has confirmed.
Portugal was struck off the list of UK travel corridor countries today (September 10) just weeks after it was added back onto it.
The rules will come into force from 4am this Saturday (September 12).
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Twitter: “Data shows we need to remove Portugal (minus the Azores and Madeira), Hungary, French Polynesia and Reunion from the Travel Corridor list to keep everyone safe.
“If you arrive in England from these destinations after 4am Saturday, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.”
He added: “Through enhanced data we now have the capability to assess islands separate to their mainland countries. If you arrive in England from the Azores or Madeira, you will NOT need to self-isolate for 14 days.”
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Mr Shapps also confirmed Sweden has been added to the travel corridor list, allowing them to avoid self-isolating when arriving in England.
He said: “This week, Sweden has been added to the Travel Corridors list. If you arrive in England from Sweden, you will not need to self-isolate for 14 days.”
He also reiterated that all travellers returning to the UK are legally required to complete a Passenger Locator Form.
Mr Shapps said: “This is vital in protecting public health and ensuring those who need to are complying with self-isolation rules.
“It is a criminal offence not to complete the form and spot checks will be taking place.”