Five more countries added to UK’s safe list
The government has added Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines to the travel corridors list.
Passengers travelling from these five countries no longer need to self-isolate when arriving to England, as is the case with other countries on the list.
The Department for Transport said it had added the countries “after reviewing the latest risk assessments”. Portugal remains a notable absentee.
The changes will come into place from July 28, 2020 while more countries will be added weekly, should it be required.
All travellers, including those from exempt destinations, will still be required to complete a passenger locator form on arrival into the UK.
As we have written, it is not necessarily the case that Britons can enter the countries on the list without needing to quarantine, or that flights are even currently available. Research suggests as little as a third of the countries can be visited without restrictions.
Meanwhile, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has also updated its exemption list – that is, countries exempt from its advice against all but essential travel. These destinations are not necessarily on the Department for Transport’s list.
The countries added on July 24 are as follows: Laos, Cambodia, Fiji, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Cuba, Guadeloupe, St Barthelemy, St Martin, St Maarten, Aruba, New Caledonia, Curacao, Cook Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory, Falkland Islands, St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cuna.
Julia Lo Bue-Said, CEO at Advantage Travel Partnership said: “While it’s positive that the Government has reviewed its list of ‘safe’ destinations, adding Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines to the list of countries that travellers can travel to without the need for self-isolating for 14-days on arrival back in England, it’s a shame that popular destinations for Brits such as Portugal and its islands are not included.
“It’s unlikely these destinations that have been added will drive summer sales for agents to help them recover from months of little to no revenue. Health and safety must take precedence, but we also need to get behind our travel industry, encourage those bookings to key destinations and give consumers the confidence to explore the world again.”
Slovenia was one of the country’s highlighted in ABTA Magazine‘s Tourism Trailblazers article, which highlighted the work some were doing in sustainable tourism. You can read it here.