Friday, 19 August 2022 – 11:47
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Arrivals to UK from France, Malta and the Netherlands to face quarantine restrictions from Saturday

Arrivals to the UK from France, Malta, the Netherlands and a list of other countries after 4am (BST) on Saturday will have to self-isolate for 14 days, the UK Government has announced.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced arrivals from a number of countries will be affected by the UK’s quarantine measures from Saturday including;

  • France
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Monaco
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Aruba

Arrivals to the UK from the above countries after 4am (BST) on Saturday will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

In a tweet late on Thursday night, Grant Shapps said;

Data shows we need to remove France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos & Aruba from our list of #coronavirus Travel Corridors to keep infection rates DOWN. If you arrive in the UK after 0400 Saturday from these destinations, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.”

The UK Government has previously removed other countries, including popular UK tourist destinations, from its Travel Corridors List, such as Spain and Luxembourg.

The Travel Corridors List is a list of countries which the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has said: “no longer pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers.” Arrivals from countries on the list do not usually have to self-isolate.

The FCO’s travel advice for the countries removed from the Travel Corridors List has been updated – the FCO now advises “against all but essential travel” to France and other countries being removed from the list.

The updated advice is said to be “based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks”

The move by the government to require arrivals from more countries to self-isolate is expected to cause significant disruption to people’s travel plans. The announcement came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier on Thursday that the government must be “absolutely ruthless” about the quarantine measures, which the government hopes will help prevent a significant rise in COVID-19 infection rates in the UK.

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