The government’s latest quarantine decision has left Britons with very few options when it comes to Winter holidays. The usually popular Canary and Balearic Islands remain off the cards and on the UK’s quarantine list, meaning that Britons have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return to the UK. Other destinations further afield are either not allowing Britons to enter, are on the UK’s quarantine list or have stringent restrictions in place.
Now, Britons have just six destinations they can visit without facing restrictions or quarantine.
These current destinations are Germany, Italy, Sweden, mainland Greece, Gibraltar and San Marino.
There are other destinations available to Britons but most of them – like Cyprus and Madeira – either require testing or quarantine on arrival.
However, it seems that some of the options still available to Britons could be in trouble of ending up on the UK’s quarantine list due to a surge in coronavirus cases.
“#Italy and mainland #Greece moving higher in red zone, while #Germany has edged much closer to red over the last week.”
Countries at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list are those with more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
Currently, it appears that mainland Greece, Italy, Sweden and Estonia are above the UK threshold.
However, Germany could soon be thrown into the mix if its infection rate continues to rise.
Germany is currently recording 18.2 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, putting it in the “amber” zone.
Sweden and Estonia are recording the highest numbers while remaining on the travel corridor list with 31.7 and 31.1 cases per 100,000 people respectively.
Meanwhile, Italy and Greece are teetering on the edge of the UK’s threshold.
Italy is recording 24.3 cases per 100,000 and Greece 22.2 over a seven-day period.
This week, Turkey and Poland were removed from the UK’s travel corridor list in a huge blow to Briton’s holidays.
Turkey has become a popular destination this year due to the fact it remained on the UK’s travel corridor list.
However, the country was removed from the UK safe list after it emerged that the Turkish Health Ministry had been defining the number of new COVID-19 cases in a different way to the definition used by international organisations.
The Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba were also removed from the UK safe list.