British holidaymakers have had a rare week without changes to travel restrictions with no new additions or removals from the UK’s travel corridors this week.
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has revealed that there are no changes to the the UK’s list, which determines if Brits need to quarantine upon their return.
He wrote on Twitter: “There will be NO ADDITIONS or REMOVALS from the #TravelCorridor list this week.”
He also revealed that some people will be exempt from quarantine including ‘high value business travellers’ as well as performing arts professionals, TV production staff, journalists and ‘recently signed elite sportspersons’ although this will be subject to meeting certain criteria.
It may no doubt leave some holidaymakers disappointed though, with the government’s ban on international travel having lifted when England’s lockdown ended on Wednesday (December 2).
Whether you can travel will also depend on your local area’s tier – we have a guide explaining the rules here.
The government has previously confirmed that holidaymakers returning from coronavirus hotspots can cut their quarantine short by paying to take a test.
From December 15, people arriving in England from countries not on the travel corridor exemption list can opt to take a test after five days of self-isolation. If it comes back negative, they can be released.
Without a test, returning from a country not on the travel corridor exemption list will mean the usual 14 days in quarantine.
There are countries where you currently don’t need to quarantine when returning although it’s worth noting some will require you to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test, or in some cases quarantine when you get there.
Although travel corridors and travel advice are not the same thing, usually when a country is removed/added from the travel corridors, the FCDO updates its advice accordingly.