Friday, 19 August 2022 – 13:14

Canary Islands removed from UK travel corridor lists

People arriving in the UK from the Canary Islands after 4am on Saturday will have to self-isolate as the islands are removed from the UK’s travel corridor lists.

Meanwhile, people arriving in the UK from Botswana and Saudi Arabia after 4am on Saturday will no longer have to self-isolate, as the countries are added to the UK travel corridor lists.

The changes to the travel corridor lists come following a review of the latest assessments by the Joint Biosecurity Centre. 

In a tweet on Thursday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps also announced a new service for people arriving in England from Tuesday to allow the self-isolation period to be reduced. Mr Shapps tweeted;

“From Tues 15th, the new ‘Test to Release’ service for passengers arriving in England starts. This means that all passengers from any location NOT in a Travel Corridor may “opt-in” to shorten self-isolation to 5 days with a negative COVID-19 test result from specific providers.”
Currently, people arriving in England and Scotland from a country not on their travel corridor lists have to self-isolate for 14 days. Following a change to regulations in Wales today, the period for isolating in Wales is now just 10 days.
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