Italy, Vatican City state & San Marino are the latest destinations to have been removed from the UK’s travel corridors.
This also means that any Brits returning after 4am on Sunday 18th October will need to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive back in the UK.
The decision comes following concerns over rising numbers of coronavirus cases in these destinations.
It isn’t all bad news – Crete has been added back on the corridors, meaning holidays are back on the cards to the Greek island.
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps announced the news on his Twitter account.
He wrote: “TRAVEL CORRIDOR UPDATE: We are REMOVING ITALY, Vatican City state & San Marino from the #TravelCorridor list. However, note that the implementation date is moved to 4am on SUNDAY 18 October & applies UK wide, if you arrive from these destinations you will need to self-isolate”.
Travel corridors and Foreign Office travel advice are not the same thing, but usually when a destination is removed from the travel corridors, the FCDO advice is updated to be against ‘all but essential travel’.
We have a guide explaining what this means for your holiday. The guide also includes your rights to getting your money back in this circumstance.
There are still countries where Brits won’t need to quarantine after a holiday, but some of these have specific entry requirements or may require you to quarantine on arrival.
Because travel restrictions are volatile during the pandemic, you should always check the latest FCDO advice for your chosen destination before planning, booking or going on a trip.
Earlier this month the government launched a new taskforce to look at ways in which the 14-day quarantine could be cut down.
This could include introducing airport testing or being required to self-isolate before you travel.
However, at the time of writing these are very much in early planning stages, so the 14-day quarantine rules will continue to apply as normal.