Cuba has been added to the UK travel corridors list, meaning that travellers will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days on entry to the UK. Cuba was already exempt from FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. However, the country was not previously on the travel corridors list.
Last week, Portugal, after remaining absent from the travel corridor list for months, was added to the list.
Every week the UK government has been reviewing its travel corridor list.
Today, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement on Twitter.
He said: “Data shows we need to remove the Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland from our list of #Coronavirus Travel Corridors to keep infection rates DOWN.” [sic]
However, he later added: “Data also shows we can now add Cuba to those countries INCLUDED in Travel Corridors.”
Travellers from Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic must quarantine for 14 days if they arrive in the UK after 4am on Saturday, August 29.
Anyone looking to return to the UK and avoid the stringent quarantine measures now have just 36 hours.
Anyone caught flouting the quarantine rules could face fines and a criminal record.
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Mr Shapps reiterated the point in his Twitter announcement today.
“Quarantining on return from a non-Travel Corridor country is a legal requirement and you commit a criminal offence if you break that quarantine,” he tweeted.
“Fines, as well as a criminal record can result.”
Holidaymakers returning to the UK from Cuba after this time will not have to isolate for 14 days upon their return.
CEO of the travel consultancy, The PC Agency and former BBC News Presenter Paul Charles has been updating countries’ coronavirus case rates.
He said: “As predicted, the latest @transportgovuk announcement says #Switzerland #Jamaica and #CzechRepublic to be added to #quarantine list, from Saturday 04:00hrs UK time due to rise in case numbers.
#Cuba to be given an air corridor.”
Switzerland’s coronavirus case rate over a seven-day case rate hit 22 per 100,000 people.
Jamaica’s and the Czech Republic’s were 20.8 and 20.2 per 100,000 people respectively.
According to Skyscanner, flights from London to Cuba are currently just over £400 return.
The flights are in September from London Heathrow to Havana with a stopover in Madrid.
Mr Shapps warned earlier this week that changes to the air bridge list happen quickly.
He said on Twitter: “As with all air bridge countries, please be aware that things can (and do sometimes) change quickly. Only travel if you are content to unexpectedly 14-day quarantine on return.”
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