Holiday warning: Expert reveals countries on quarantine watchlist this week

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The UK government’s travel corridor list has largely been dictating where Britons can go on holiday abroad this year. Countries not included on the list, which are on the quarantine list, mean that Britons must self-isolate for 14 days when they return to the UK. The list is reviewed every week with announcements being made on a Thursday by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

This week, as many countries record a slow rise in cases, potentially four countries could be added to the quarantine list.

CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency Paul Charles has been posting daily updates on Twitter regarding countries’ coronavirus infection rates.

Yesterday, he predicted that four holiday destinations could be removed from the travel corridor list.

“Mon update: The #UnitedKingdom rises to where #France was 23 days ago, on a seven-day infection basis.

“The #Netherlands sees a second wave and highest ever cases.

“I’m closely watching #Sweden #Poland #Greece #Italy this week for possible quarantine.”

Countries at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list are those with a weekly infection that is higher than 20 per 100,000 people.

Mainland Greece, which has been a popular holiday destination with Britons this year, is recording 21.5 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

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Several Greek islands are on England’s quarantine list already which include Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante).

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development office (FCDO) is advising against all but essential travel to those destinations.

Mainland Greece has remained exempt, but that could change this week.

The quarantine rules slightly differ depending on which part of the UK travellers return to.

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Those returning to Wales from the islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Meanwhile, mainland Greece and its islands are all on Scotland’s quarantine list.

Italy has also reported a slow increase in coronavirus cases, recording 19.4 cases per 100,000 people over seven days.

However, the country could remain safe this week if it manages to get its cases under control and remains in the amber zone.

Along with Greece, Sweden and Poland have moved into the red zone reporting more than 20 cases per 100,000 people.

Poland is recording 21.3 cases and Sweden 24.7 per 100,000 people over a week.

All four countries, however, remain below the UK’s infection rate of 61.1 cases per 100,000 people.

Yesterday, the UK’s daily cases rose by more than 4,000, bringing the UK total to 41,988.

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