Holidays: Island destinations that should get a travel corridor if mainlands are axed

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Island destinations make the perfect Autumn and Winter getaways. Many islands in the Mediterranean remain warm, sunny and dry in the Autumn and Winter months which is especially appealing to Britons. However, in recent months Britons’ holiday plans have been largely dictated by the UK’s travel corridor list and Foreign, Commonwealth and Departmental Office (FCDO) advice.

Today, the UK’s travel corridor list is set to be reviewed with an update usually posted on Twitter by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

One of the government’s main criteria is a country’s coronavirus case rate over a seven-day period.

Those recording more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period could be at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list.

On September 7, the government slightly changed its policy regarding travel corridors.

England introduced a new “targeted” approach which means a country’s islands can be separated from their mainlands.

The government website reads: “This means an area that presents a higher or lower public health risk to UK travellers can be assessed separately to the rest of the country.”

The new rules were put in place for several Greek islands last month.

Currently, those returning from Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos need to self-isolate for two weeks on their return to England.

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However, mainland Greece is exempt from quarantine rules.

Those returning to Wales from the islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Meanwhile, mainland Greece and its islands are all on Scotland’s quarantine list.

Portugal is currently on England’s quarantine list but the islands of Madeira and the Azores are exempt.

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With that in mind, these are the two island destinations that should get a travel corridor based on their coronavirus infection rates. 

Sicily

Italy could be removed from the UK’s quarantine list this week as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Italy’s case rate is currently 20.1 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

However, Sicily’s figure is 18 per 100,000 people which puts it well below the government’s threshold.

Other Italian islands such as Capri, Stromboli and Elba could also remain on the travel corridor list if their epidemiological data deems them safe enough for British travellers.

Unfortunately, the beautiful islands of Sardinia is unlikely to remain on the travel corridor list.

The island’s case rate has reached 30 cases per 100,000 people which is above the UK threshold.

Corsica

A mountainous Mediterranean island off the coast of Italy and France, Corsica is a great spot for a holiday.

The island has recorded three cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

The island is a part of France, which is on the UK’s quarantine list, but has a distinct Italian culture.

Currently, those returning to the UK from France have to isolate for 14 days.

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