Portugal, Denmark and more Greek islands may go onto quarantine list

Two more countries could be taken off the UK’s safe travel list on Thursday, meaning anyone coming back to England would have to self-isolate for 14 days.

At the same time more Greek islands could be added to the quarantine list.

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Changes to the quarantine rules in England have been announced each Thursday in recent weeks – coming into force early in the following Saturday morning.

Portugal is already on the quarantine list for Scotland and Wales and could now be added to the list for England.

Wales has just added Santorini, Serifos and Tinos to the list of Greek islands which people will have to quarantine after returning from – meaning they too could be added to England’s list.

Portugal has 24.3 cases per 100,000, according to travel expert Paul Charles from The PC Agency.

Denmark is also in danger of being removed from the ‘safe’ list after recording 19.4 cases per 100K.

And Italy is said to be under scrutiny after the number of cases continued to increase from 14.8 to 15.8.

The UK has also breached the threshold with the number of cases per 100,000 people currently standing at 21.3.

This has sparked fears that other countries will impose stricter restrictions on Brits travelling abroad.

Portugal was removed from the quarantine list on August 20, meaning travellers no no longer have to self-isolate.

Thousands of holidaymakers booked flights for a last-minute summer holiday after the restrictions were lifted.

But restrictions could be reimposed on Thursday following a surge in cases.

France, Spain, Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago, Austria, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos and Aruba, Andorra, Belgium and the Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic have also previously been removed.

The Greek islands of Santorini, Serifos and Tinos have been added to Wales’s quarantine list.

People travelling to Wales from the islands must now self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival.

This is due to a “rising number” of coronavirus cases in these areas, the Welsh Government said.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething said he had made the decision after reviewing assessments by the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC).
The measure came into force at 4am on Wednesday.

Mr Gething has previously said that an “element” of coronavirus transmission in Wales is from people travelling back from Europe.

Last Thursday, the Welsh Government introduced the measure for Portugal, Gibraltar, French Polynesia and six other Greek islands – Mykonos, Zakynthos, Lesbos, Paros, Antiparos and Crete.

Speaking at the time, Mr Gething said there has been a “rising tide of infections” from the Greek islands and the quarantine requirement is necessary to keep Wales safe.

And on Monday, the UK Government added the Greek islands of Crete, Lesbos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos to its quarantine list.

This forms part of the UK Government’s new regional approach to quarantine policy, in which islands can be added or removed from the quarantine list should infection rates differ from their mainland countries.

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