Sri Lanka leads new quarantine free destinations

Sri Lanka leads new quarantine free destinations

A host of new destinations have been added to the quarantine-free list, led by Sri Lanka

Visitors returning from the Indian Ocean tourism hotspot will now no longer have to self-isolate for 14-days on return to England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The same applies to Israel, Jerusalem, Namibia, Rwanda, Uruguay, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands, all have been added to the travel corridor list.

There has been a decrease in risk from Covid-19 in these destinations.

The travel corridor applies for Israel in its entirety, and Jerusalem in its entirety.

For the Occupied Palestinian Territories, only East Jerusalem is included in the travel corridor – with the remainder of the area not included.

Travellers arriving from locations that are not included will still need to self-isolate for 14-days on arrival in the UK.

This decision is driven by public health considerations based on epidemiological evidence.

At the same time, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice to no longer advise against all but essential travel the destinations.

The changes reflect the latest assessments by Public Health England (PHE) of the risk to travellers in these countries.

The travel ban on Denmark introduced on November 7th is, however, still in place.

Uruguay

Danny Callaghan, chief executive of the Latin American Travel Association (Lata), welcomed the decision.

He said: “Uruguay’s addition to the UK travel corridors list is another big step in the right direction for Latin America’s tourism recovery with Chile having made the list in the British government’s announcement last week.

“I hasten to add that, while Uruguay has been added to the UK travel corridor’s list, at present there are restrictions in place for non-Uruguayan nationals or non-legal residents entering the country.

“As always, we advise travellers to consult their tour operator and the FCDO travel advice before travelling to any Latin American destination.”

He added: “While travel to Uruguay may not be a reality straight away, this news highlights the nation’s excellent management of the coronavirus pandemic and reinforces the perception of Latin America as a safe and secure visitor destination.

“Uruguay was also included in the European Union’s list of safe countries back in June which demonstrates that the country has continually managed the pandemic in an effective manner.”

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