Caribbean island added to Department for Transport list – but flights are few and far between.
Cuba has been added to the travel corridors list, meaning travellers will not need to quarantine for 14 days on entry to the UK.
However, at the same time, Jamaica, Switzerland and Czech Republic were removed from the list. The changes come into effect as of 4am on Saturday.
The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Jamaica, Switzerland and Czech Republic.
Unusually, Cuba was already exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel – but was not previously on the travel corridors list.
This is the latest round of amendments to be made to the Department for Transport and Foreign Office. Critics say the regular changes are undermining confidence in travel and negatively impacting the travel industry.
ABTA has revealed that 90,000 jobs have either been lost, or are at risk, in the travel industry and its supply chain since the global pandemic began.
Last week, Portugal was added to the travel corridors list, but at the same time, the government announced that Austria, Croatia and Trinidad & Tobago will be removed from the list, compiled by the Department for Transport.
Portugal is now also exempt from Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice against all non-essential international travel, but Austria, Croatia and Trinidad & Tobago are not.
Revealing more details behind the government’s thinking, transport secretary Grant Shapps said the decision considered:
- the estimated prevalence of Covid-19 in a country
- the level and rate of change in the incidence of confirmed positive cases
- the extent of testing in a country
- the testing regime and test positivity
- the extent to which cases can be accounted for by a contained outbreak as opposed to more general transmission in the community
- government actions
- and other relevant epidemiological information