People entering the UK from Turkey and Poland from Saturday must self-isolate for two weeks.
They join other popular destinations on the quarantine list, including Spain, France, and parts of Greece and Portugal. And the fine for repeatedly breaking the self-isolation rules in England has increased to £10,000.
The quarantine list is decided by the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) – set up by the government to monitor coronavirus – works with the chief medical officers of each UK nation and advises on which destinations should be on the list.
The decision is often made when 20 or more people out of every 100,000 in a country, or island, are infected over seven days, but other factors are also considered. These include:
- the estimated proportion of the population that is currently infectious
- trends in the number of cases and deaths
- information on a country’s testing capacity
- how much the virus has spread, including clusters of cases and the level of transmission in the community
Most people entering the UK from overseas have to quarantine unless the country is on the list of exempt ”travel corridors”.Many countries have lost their travel corridor status and are back on the quarantine list, including:
- Czech Republic
- Gibraltar (Wales)
- Greece (Scotland)
- Greek islands Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
- Poland (04:00 BST Saturday)
- Portugal (Scotland)
- Mainland Portugal (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
- Turkey (04:00 BST Saturday)
- The Bahamas
- St Eustatius
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos
Rest of the world:
- French Polynesia
NOTE : Travellers from countries that pose a “reduced risk” from coronavirus – in the government’s eyes – are exempt.