Bahrain, Chile, Iceland, Cambodia, Laos, UAE, Qatar and Turks & Caicos have been added to the travel corridors list, meaning that Brits who return after 4am on Saturday 14th November will NOT need to quarantine for 14 days.
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps shared the latest updates on his Twitter page.
He wrote: “BAHRAIN, CHILE, ICELAND, CAMBODIA, LAOS, UAE, QATAR and TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS have been ADDED to the #TravelCorridor list. If you arrive from these countries after 4am on Saturday 14th November you will NOT need to self-isolate.
“The travel ban on DENMARK will also be EXTENDED for a further 14 days. A reminder that under the current restrictions, travel outside of the home, with the exception of a limited number of reasons including work or education, is not permitted.”
“Latest data also means we have to REMOVE all of GREECE apart from Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos from the #TravelCorridor list. From 4am Saturday 14th November, if you arrive into the UK from this destination you will need to self-isolate.”
Unfortunately for people in England, the national lockdown in place includes a ban on travel.
However, it does offer a glimmer of hope that if restrictions do lift, then there are new destinations on offer for a holiday.
The new additions no doubt come as welcome news for the travel industry, following the news that holiday bookings are expected to be down by 93% – and that’s not counting the impact of the second lockdown.
Unfortunately, for any Brits with holidays planned to Greece after the 2nd December, it’s likely that your holiday will be cancelled – we’ve got an explainer on what happens next.
It’s worth noting that travel corridors and travel advice are not the same thing, but they have tended to go hand in hand. Often when a country is added or removed, the FCDO changes its advice accordingly.
During England’s second lockdown, even if countries are added to the UK’s travel corridors over the next few weeks, you won’t be able to travel.
Under the new restriction rules, the government says that those living in England ‘cannot travel overseas or within the UK’, although there are some exceptions such as for work or education – you can find out more on the government website here.