Portugal and Hungary have been added to the UK’s quarantine list – meaning any travellers coming in will have to self isolate from Saturday (September 12), the Government has announced.
Meanwhile a travel corridor has been established with Sweden, allowing people to avoid self-isolating when arriving in England the Transport Secretary has announced.
From 4am Saturday, September 12 people arriving in England from Portugal, Hungary, French Polynesia and Reunion will have to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.
However Grant Shapps added, anyone returning from the Azores and Madeira, two autonomous regions in Portugal, will not have to quarantine under the government’s new island rules.
Mr Shapps said: “All travellers returning to the UK must complete a Passenger Locator Form by law. This is vital in protecting public health and ensuring those who need to are complying with self-isolation rules.”
The Secretary of State said: “This week Sweden has been added to the Travel Corridors list. If you arrive in England from Sweden, you will not need to self-isolate for 14 days.”
He also reiterated that all travellers returning to the UK are legally required to complete a Passenger Locator Form.
Mr Shapps said: “This is vital in protecting public health and ensuring those who need to are complying with self-isolation rules.
“It is a criminal offence not to complete the form and spot checks will be taking place.”
The government decides on where passengers will need to quarantine from – based on the cumulative number of coronavirus cases over a period of seven days, per 100,000 people.
On Wednesday ( September 9) Portugal registered its highest number of daily new Covid-19 cases since April 20, after a further 646 new cases were recorded.
Last month Portugal was judged to be one of the less dangerous Covid risk holiday destinations – being in the Amber category.