Turkey and Poland among latest places to be removed from quarantine-free list

Turkey and Poland are among the latest holiday destinations to be removed from the UK’s quarantine-free list.

Along with Turkey and Poland, the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba have also been removed from the Government’s list of travel corridors.

The latest move means travellers arriving in the UK from those places after 4am on Saturday must self-isolate for 14 days, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

On Twitter Grant Shapps wrote: “The latest data indicates we need to remove Turkey, Poland, and Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba from the Travel Corridor list this week.

“This means if you arrive from these destinations from 4am Saturday October 3, you will need to self-isolate.

“You MUST self-isolate if you enter the UK from a non-exempt country – from tomorrow, we’re increasing the penalties for people who refuse to do so to a maximum of £10,000 for repeat offenders.

“If you do travel, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form before returning to the UK. Do your bit to help keep everyone safe.

“Data from Poland shows that test positivity has nearly doubled increasing from 3.9% to 5.8% alongside a rapid increase in weekly cases, causing the Joint Biosecurity Centre to update their recommendation.”

The announcement comes as earlier today there was speculation as to whether Italy could also be removed from the Government’s quarantine-exemption list following an increase in Covid-19 cases.

The seven-day rate of new cases per 100,000 people in Italy is now at 20.4, up from 18.4 in the previous week.

Poland also reported 25.9 new cases per 100,000 people, increasing from 15.6 in the week prior.

A seven-day rate of 20 new cases is the threshold above which the UK Government considers triggering quarantine conditions.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last Thursday said passengers returning from Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and the Caribbean island of Curacao would have to self-isolate on their return.

At the time, Denmark was recording a seven-day rate of 65.2 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people, up from 33.8 a week earlier.

Iceland and Slovakia had rates of 80.4 and 25.9 respectively, while Curacao was on 66.7.

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