Ban on travellers from Denmark ends but they must still quarantine

Ban on travellers from Denmark ends but they must still quarantine – as Estonia and Latvia are also taken off travel corridors list (but you can now travel freely form Mongolia)

  • People arriving in UK from countries not on travel corridors list must self-isolate 
  • Department for Transport (DfT) said cases in Estonia has increased by a quarter
  • Rate in Latvia is up 16% over the past week, Denmark remains excluded from list 

The ban on travellers from Denmark has ended but people must still quarantine as other countries are also taken off the list.   

Estonia and Latvia have been removed from the travel corridors list, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

A number of long-haul destinations with few travellers to the UK have been added to the list, while the travel ban on Denmark has been lifted.

The ban on travellers from Denmark has ended but people must still quarantine. Pictured: Travellers were seen queuing for flights at Heathrow Airport

The changes come into force at 4am on Saturday.

People arriving in the UK from countries not on the travel corridors list must self-isolate for 14 days.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said the number of Covid-19 cases by population in Estonia has increased by a quarter over the past week, while the rate in Latvia is up 16% over the same period.

Destinations added to the travel corridors list are Bhutan, Timor-Leste, Mongolia, Aruba, Samoa, Kiribati, Micronesia, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.

The impact will be minimal as there appears to be no easy way of flying to the UK from these countries without stopping at a location not on the travel corridors list.

Denmark remains excluded from the list, despite the travel ban being lifted.

The DfT said Danish authorities believe the novel strain of coronavirus associated with mink farms is ‘most likely extinct’.

 The DfT said Danish authorities believe the novel strain of coronavirus associated with mink farms is ‘most likely extinct’ (pictured: mink being buried in a pit in Denmark) 

From December 15, travellers from destinations not on the list will be able to end their quarantine period early if they pay to take a coronavirus test five days after arrival in England, and receive a negative result.

The aviation industry has welcomed the move, but wants the Government to go further by introducing a system where pre-departure testing could eliminate the need to quarantine.

Home Office figures show there were just 1.7 million air passenger arrivals in the UK last month, down 82% from 9.8 million in October 2019.

This represents a decline in the slight recovery in arrivals recorded in August and September, when the year-on-year decreases were 74% and 75% respectively.

Travel corridor list 

You do not need to self-isolate if you’re travelling to England from one of the countries, territories or regions

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba (will be added to the list 4am, Saturday 28 November)
  • Australia
  • the Azores
  • Bahrain (arrivals before 4am 14 November need to self-isolate)
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan (will be added to the list 4am, Saturday 28 November)
  • Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba (arrivals before 4am 21 November need to self-isolate)
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia (arrivals before 4am 14 November need to self-isolate)
  • the Canary Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • the Channel Islands
  • Chile (arrivals before 4am 14 November need to self-isolate)
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Estonia (will be removed from the list 4am, Saturday 28 November)
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Gibraltar
  • Greek islands: Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Zakynthos
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland (arrivals before 4am 14 November need to self-isolate)
  • Ireland
  • the Isle of Man
  • Israel and Jerusalem (arrivals before 4am 21 November need to self-isolate) (read about the UK position on Jerusalem)
  • Japan
  • Laos (arrivals before 4am 14 November need to self-isolate)
  • Latvia (will be removed from the list 4am, Saturday 28 November)
  • Macao (Macau)
  • Madeira
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Mongolia (will be added to the list 4am, Saturday 28 November)
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia (arrivals before 4am 21 November need to self-isolate)
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Mariana Islands (arrivals before 4am 21 November need to self-isolate)
  • Norway
  • Pacific Islands (Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu) (will be added to the list 4am, Saturday 28 November)
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Qatar (arrivals before 4am 14 November need to self-isolate)
  • Rwanda (arrivals before 4am 21 November need to self-isolate)
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Sri Lanka (arrivals before 4am 21 November need to self-isolate)
  • St Barthélemy
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Pierre and Miquelon
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste (will be added to the list 4am, Saturday 28 November)
  • Turks and Caicos Islands (arrivals before 4am 14 November need to self-isolate)
  • United Arab Emirates (arrivals before 4am 14 November need to self-isolate)
  • Uruguay (arrivals before 4am 21 November need to self-isolate)
  • US Virgin Islands (arrivals before 4am 21 November need to self-isolate)
  • Vietnam

 

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