UK quarantine list: Which countries are on it?
FRANCE, Malta and The Netherlands have been added to thequarantine list this week.
Here is the full list of 155 countries that you must quarantine after visiting as well as all the rules around it.
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What is the UK quarantine list?
The quarantine list is a list of countries that you must quarantine for two weeks upon your return.
If a country stays above 20 cases per 100,000 people for more than seven days it is likely to be added to the UK’s quarantine list.
Passengers must leave their details with border officials, go straight home and self-quarantine for two weeks to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The list currently has 155 countries and territories on it and is subject to constant review.
Which countries are on the list?
Downing Street has said that it is keeping a watchful eye on case numbers, testing figures and infection rates in “a number of countries and territories.”
Those where there is a cause for concern are removed from the travel corridor "safe" list.
Last week Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas were bumped from the ‘air bridge’ list.
The Government has now announced that France has been put on the UK quarantine list.
From 4am on August 15, Brits will need to quarantine when arriving back from France.
The move affected around 500,000 people who were given a days notice to get home to avoid quarantine.
Brits stuck in France with no hope of getting back before the rule changes will be able to claim Universal Credit if they are not paid for their quarantine period.
Spain has been on the quarantine list since last month.
The country remains on the list indefinitely, as do the surrounding islands.
Portugal is unlikely to be removed from the UK travel ban list as it is still a "gamble" to allow Brits on holiday to the country again.
The country has kept coronavirus cases low in comparison to its neighbour Spain, where travel has been banned since July 26.
While it has far fewer cases of coronavirus than other countries, the infection rate is failing to drop.
However you can now go to The Azores and Madeira, which were added to the safe list, although you will still need to quarantine back in the UK.
Malta is one of the latest countries to be added to the travel ban list due to a recent spike.
While having just 1,245 cases, saw 94 new cases on August 3, the highest daily count since the beginning of the pandemic.
Those returning from Malta will have to quarantine for 2 weeks as of August 15.
Trips to Amsterdam will incur a quarantine from August 15 as the curve of new cases in The Netherlands has increased in recent weeks.
The move will likely hit the famous red light district which has been back up and running since July.
The US is on the quarantine list as cases in the worlds worst-hit country continue to spiral out of control.
The number of states with quarantines is also growing as governors move to protect residents amid flareups in places such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona.
In spite of this the US has lifted its Global Level 4 warning for Americans wanting to leave the US.
The full quarantine list
155 countries and territories are on the quarantine list as of August 14.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
São Tomé and Principe
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
Can I still travel to countries on the quarantine list?
Yes you can, however only for essential travel.
You should check ahead to see what the destination's policies are on arriving from the UK, as many countries want Brits to quarantine on arrival.
You must be prepared to quarantine in the UK on your return too.
There are also exemptions to the rule, but they are very rare.
Is there a fine if I break quarantine rules?
Yes, you face up to a £1000 fine if you fail to self-isolate at home.
Magistrates also have the powers to prosecute or to issue unlimited fines for persistent breaches of the new self-isolation rule, or for refusal to pay a fine that has already been issued.
How are quarantine rules enforced in the UK?
The quarantine is being run and enforced by Border Force, cops, and Public Health England officials.
If returning to the UK from a country on the quarantine list, you will need to provide details of your journey and contact details BEFORE you travel.
Those rules continue to apply for the time being – both to Brits returning to the country and tourists arriving from abroad.
Anyone entering the country must provide contact details and then self-isolate for 14 days, or face a fine of up to £1,000.
Police are conducting checks to ensure people are quarantining and not leaving their residence for the two-week period.
Brits living in the UK can quarantine at their own home, but they are not allowed to leave the house for a fortnight.
Anyone without accommodation should be provided with alternative accommodation by the government.
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