The UK government has announced the latest changes to its country’s separation waiver list.
Passengers entering England from mainland Portugal and Hungary will have to self-isolate from Saturday, although people from Sweden will no longer have to be isolated once they are added to the travel corridor list.
Here’s a guide to the latest changes:
– Which country is off the travel-safe list for England?
On Thursday, Transport Secretary Grant Shaps announced that Hungary, French Polynesia and Rhineland would be removed from the list of travel corridors, along with Portugal, but excluding the Azores and Madeira regions.
Passengers arriving in England from any destination after 4am on Saturday must be self-detached for 14 days.
Mr Chapps added, however, that Sweden would be added to the waiver list, meaning that those arriving in England on Saturday would no longer have to be excluded.
– What about Scotland and Wales?
Passengers arriving in Scotland from Hungary and Reunion must be segregated when arriving at 4am on Saturday, the Scottish Government said.
At the same time, Sweden will be added to the list of concession countries.
Meanwhile, Welsh Health Minister Van Gahing said they were also introducing a self-separation rule for those arriving from Hungary and Reunion and raising the need for any passengers from Sweden.
He said Welsh regulations would also come into force at 4am on Saturday.
– And Northern Ireland?
The Northern Ireland executive further announced that people arriving from Portugal (excluding Madeira and Azores), Hungary, French Polynesia and Reunion would have to self-isolate for 14 days from Saturday.
They have been adding Sweden to their safe list since 4am on Saturday.
Health Minister Robin Swann said: “There is no doubt that the situation with Covid-19 is changing not only locally but also globally. The safety of the citizens of Northern Ireland will always be my priority. “
– How is it that mainland Portugal is no longer on the waiver list but Azores and Madeira are?
Mr Shaps said England would begin implementing a regional approach to its coronavirus quarantine policy for international arrivals.
In a statement to the Commons on Monday, Mr Shaps said the islands could now be added or removed individually from England’s separation-free list.
This means that archipelagos can be treated separately from their homeland – both in terms of reducing and raising restrictions.
– Why has the method of international travel changed?
The Joint Biosecurity Center (JBC) has been launched to locate the most popular islands for British tourists.
“Using advanced data we will now be able to identify risks on some of the most popular islands, with increased flexibility to add or remove them as transition rates change – apart from the mainland.”
“This development will help the UK travel industry while maintaining the highest levels of public health protection while keeping the public safe.”
– Can territories within a country’s mainland be added and removed?
The Department of Transportation says it is not safe to implement a fully regional system for international travel corridors because there could be too much movement between regions within the country.
However, it says that when a region has natural boundaries – like islands – the risk is reduced, so the changes only apply to land where there are clear boundaries and “strong, reliable and internationally comparable data” is available.
The island must have direct flights to the UK, or transport through exempt territories.
– I got a booking in a country not listed as a travel corridor. – What should I do?
The Foreign Office advises British citizens against “all necessary itineraries” in countries that have not been declared travel corridors.
In England, those who still decide to travel to one of these countries will have to self-detach for 14 days after their return or risk a fine of up to 1000 200,000 and a fine of up to 3, 3,200 if their contact search form details are false.
Scotland is announcing a fixed fine of £ 480 for those who fail to isolate the Scorltan, while passengers will be fined up to £ 1,000 if Wales refuses to comply.
– There is still no need for self-separation at my holiday destination, will that change?
Those who are heading to a country on the list of travel corridors must keep a close eye on the announcements of their respective governments to ensure that their destination location does not change while they are abroad.
Some tourists had to pay hundreds of pounds to switch to a separate flight, so they had to return it before the separation requirement took effect.
The UK government and the evolutionary administration make their decisions based on the fluctuation rate of the infection rate in each foreign country. Scotland has already warned that Gibraltar is about to lose its travel-safe status.
– What about employees whose employees need to be segregated after travel?
Foreign Secretary Dominic RAB has previously said that any worker following quarantine guidelines should not be punished by employers, including pressure on sick pay.
He said that if anyone obeyed the law on segregation and self-separation, “they cannot be punished”.
“The government is urging employers to return to these destinations to understand those who now need to be self-isolated,” he told the DFT.
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