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Travel corridors axed completely in latest quarantine U-turn

Homeward bound: the ending of travel corridors will affect British travellers returning from Caribbean islands such as St Lucia (Simon Calder)
Homeward bound: the ending of travel corridors will affect British travellers returning from Caribbean islands such as St Lucia (Simon Calder)

All the remaining “travel corridors”, which allow travellers arriving in the UK to avoid self-isolation, have been scrapped in a bid to reduce the risk of introducing new variants of the coronavirus.

Boris Johnson made the announcement at the No 10 briefing. The prime minister said it would be a temporary move, aligned with the delayed “test-before-travel” scheme.

Both measures take effect at 4am on Monday 18 January. The travel corridors decision will be reviewed four weeks later, on 15 February.

The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, tweeted: “Travel corridors assess public health risk from the original Sars-Cov-2, but it’s impossible for the Joint Biosecurity Centre to provide live scientific updates to predict which countries or regions will now originate new variants.

“Travel corridors are therefore

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COVID-19 travel restrictions by state: See testing, quarantine requirements

The U.S. is still setting new COVID-19 death records, even as vaccines are rolling out across the country. And approximately 1 in every 15 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus that cause COVID-19 as of Saturday evening, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. surpassed more than 22 million cases Saturday.

With those grim stats in mind, many states are still imposing stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions.

Some states are discouraging interstate travel by requiring or recommending that visitors and residents returning from other states quarantine. Others allow visitors to present a recent, negative coronavirus test in lieu of the quarantine. A few also require travelers to fill out health questionnaires when they arrive.

Some counties or municipalities have issued similar advice to travelers, so anyone looking to go on a road trip or take a vacation should check government websites for their destination and anywhere

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All the countries UK holidaymakers can visit now without quarantine

Leipzig, Germany
Leipzig, Germany

The list of countries that Britons can travel to without having to quarantine for 14 days on return is sadly diminishing week by week.

And the announcements have continued despite national lockdown in place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, meaning only those in Scotland can travel for leisure.

Germany and Sweden were the latest countries to be removed from the travel corridors list, which will be effective from 4am Saturday 7 November.

Denmark also made the no-go list in a last minute announcement that came into effect immediately after an outbreak of coronavirus in minks that could be transmitted to humans.

Last week it was Cyprus and Lithuania. It follows the removal of Liechtenstein from the travel corridors list two weeks ago, and Italy, San Marino and Vatican City three weeks ago.

Dozens of other destinations were scratched from the list in the preceding months.

All of

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How the UK’s current quarantine policy works and who calls the shots

Airport measures
Airport measures
LOGO: Test4Travel
LOGO: Test4Travel

YesterdayThe Telegraph launched its Test4Travel campaign for accessible airport testing at all airports and ports in time for Christmas. The aim is to get business and leisure travel moving again safely by removing the 14-day quarantine. But it doesn’t come without its challenges. If testing was to be implemented on a national, or even bi-lateral scale, how would it work?

As with all things Covid-19 related, the response has been a cross-government effort

On March 17, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (now the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) advised against all non-essential international travel due to the pandemic and border restrictions put in place by other countries. This was lifted on June 8 but all travellers to the UK were required to self-isolate for 14 days and fill out a passenger locator form. Border Force carried out, and continue to carry out, spot checks at

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