No countries taken off the list this week
The government has added five Greek islands to its travel corridor list, meaning arrivals into the UK will no longer have to quarantine.
The islands are Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Santorini and Zakynthos.
Changes come into force from 4am on Saturday, October 10.
Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, said that no countries would be removed from the corridors list this week.
He reminded holidaymakers to complete a Passenger Locator Form on entry into the UK
Meanwhile, a new Global Travel Taskforce will accelerate progress on a Covid-19 testing programme, the government has claimed.
TRAVEL CORRIDOR UPDATE: We are ADDING Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Santorini and Zakynthos to the #TravelCorridor list this week.— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) October 8, 2020
From 4am Saturday 10th Oct, if you arrive from those Greek islands, you will NO LONGER need to self-isolate.
We are not REMOVING any countries.
Shapps, who will speak at The Travel Convention, said: “Following agreement from medical experts, we are moving ahead with the next step to reduce the travel quarantine period by launching the Global Travel Taskforce to open up international travel & boost our businesses.”
“The taskforce will implement a testing regime to reduce the self-isolation period, along with a wide range of other measures to enable travel whilst keeping coronavirus rates down.”
However, according to a report in the Guardian the creation of the taskforce may delay the implementation of a testing regime for at least a month – something that was previously believed to be imminent.
Mark Tanzer, chief executive of ABTA, said: “The creation of the Global Travel Taskforce shows a recognition from Government of the need to get people travelling again to support the travel industry, which has been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis.
“The taskforce needs to focus on decisive and urgent action, not only on rapidly introducing a testing regime, but also on moving to a regionalised quarantine approach and lifting the global advisory against travel – returning to providing travel advice for individual countries based on the risk to a traveller in destination.
“Other countries have already moved to introduce testing, and further delays will only serve to exacerbate the industry’s struggles – especially as the winter season is fast approaching. With furlough ending this month, and the new Job Support Scheme doing little to support travel businesses, without tailored support we’ll see more job losses and businesses folding.”