Italy added to quarantine list in major blow for autumn holidays as Crete is removed

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Italy holidays are soon to be off the table for British tourists. The popular holiday destination was added to the quarantine list today. This will come into force on Sunday 18.

Anyone who arrives back from Italy will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

The same rule applies to Vatican City state and San Marino.

Grant Shapps shared the latest update on Twitter today.

“TRAVEL CORRIDOR UPDATE: We are REMOVING ITALY, Vatican City state & San Marino from the #TravelCorridor list,” the minister tweeted.

“However, note that the implementation date is moved to 4am on SUNDAY 18 October & applies UK wide, if you arrive from these destinations you will need to self-isolate.”

Flavio Zappacosta from the Italian Tourist Board said of the rule changes: “It is, of course, very disappointing to learn of the announcement that Italy has been removed from the UK’s safe travel list today.

“Our cities, coasts, countryside and major attractions are world class and we have implemented robust protocols to keep our visitors safe so this is a very disappointing development for tourism in Italy and will surely delay our recovery.

“Tourism is one of our most important industries and key to the nation’s recovery from the terrible impact of COVID-19.

“We would like to see testing at UK airports implemented as soon as possible as this could help alleviate the quarantine issue and establish consumer confidence once more in visiting such a popular destination as Italy.”

In more positive news, Crete is to be added to the ‘safe’ list.

Quarantine will no longer be required from Sunday.

Shapps posted: “We are ADDING CRETE to the #TravelCorridor list this week.

“From 4am Sunday 18 Oct, if you arrive from Crete, you will NO LONGER need to self-isolate.

“ALSO THIS WEEK, the whole of the UK is now aligned with our advice around all of the Greek islands.”

Fellow Greek islands Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos and Zakynthos were added to the exempt list on Saturday 10.

The only island still on the quarantine list is now Mykonos.

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