The list is made up of 59 countries and 14 British overseas territories
In the last couple of weeks passengers entering the UK have been required to self-isolate for two weeks upon entry. The UK government has announced this regulation is about to change for those arriving from certain countries — from 10 July they will no longer be required to go into quarantine for 14 days.
The exempted countries include popular destinations, such as Spain, Germany, France, and Italy
The new measures are valid in the first half of July, and it will mean that those arriving from the “low-risk” countries on the list won’t need to self-isolate unless they have transited through or been to non-exempt countries in the previous 14 days.
The countries were announced today by the Transport Secretary. These countries include popular vacation spots, such as Spain, Germany, France, and Italy, and will be expanded by 14 British overseas territories. The full list can be found at the bottom of this article.
The Joint Biosecurity Centre has conducted a risk assessment in consultation with Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer to gauge potential risks of COVID-19 being brought into the country. The assessment considered a number of factors, including “the prevalence of coronavirus, the numbers of new cases and potential trajectory of the disease in that destination,” as per the official website.
However, the announcement does not guarantee reciprocal treatment, which means that travelers from the UK might be asked to self-isolate when visiting abroad. Nevertheless, the UK government is expecting that at least a number of the exempted countries will not require self-isolation at any moment of the traveler’s journey.
Passengers will still need to provide their contact information on arrival in the UK
All travelers, except for those from a small number of countries, will still be required to provide their contact information once they arrive in the UK, including countries and territories they have been to in the past two weeks.
The list of countries will be kept “under constant review” and in the case of health risks to England’s citizens, self-isolation measures can be reintroduced. The government continues to work with international partners on the arrangements for UK travelers.
“Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation. Whether you are a holidaymaker ready to travel abroad or a business eager to open your doors again, this is good news for British people and great news for British businesses,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
“The entire nation has worked tirelessly to get to this stage, therefore safety must remain our watchword and we will not hesitate to move quickly to protect ourselves if infection rates rise in countries we are reconnecting with.”
Foreign and Commonwealth Office changes global advisory against “all but essential” international travel
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From Saturday, 4 July, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updates its advisory against all but essential travel to certain countries. The change is applicable to destinations that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk of coronavirus to public health.
Travelers should follow the official advice for each country on the UK government website. If the country they’re visiting is on the list of exempted countries, they will not need to self-isolate for 14 days.
The full list of countries exempted from the self-isolation requirement announced by the Transport Secretary:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
St Kitts and Nevis
St Pierre and Miquelon
Trinidad and Tobago