Since international travel was permitted again earlier in summer, for the most part, the UK has been following a blanket approach to travel rules. But in recent days both Scotland and Wales have imposed restrictions on travel to certain countries following outbreaks of COVID-19 across the continent.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Thursday there would be no change to the travel corridor list, despite predictions both Greece and Portugal would be declared no-go zones.
Mr Shapps said: “We continue to keep the travel corridor list under constant review and won’t hesitate to remove countries if needed.
“However, there are no English additions or removals today.
“Nonetheless, holidaymakers are reminded – 14-day quarantine countries can and do change at very short notice.”
Which countries have been added to Scotland’s list?
Scotland imposed restrictions on Greece on Tuesday and announced on Thursday evening Portugal and French Polynesia had been blacklisted.
Anyone who returned to Scotland from Greece had to be back by 4am on Thursday to avoid quarantine while those returning from Portugal and French Polynesia have until 4am on Saturday.
And travellers from Gibraltar have been warned the territory was “high up our watch list” by Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf.
He said: “With Scotland’s relatively low infection rate, importation of new cases is a significant risk to public health.
“I would also encourage people who have returned to Scotland from Portugal or French Polynesia in the last few days to be particularly careful in their social contacts and to ensure they stick to the FACTS.”
“I am also concerned by the level of infections in Gibraltar and we will be monitoring the situation there very carefully.”
FACTS is the Scottish Government’s acronym for coronavirus rules.
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Mr Yousaf added: “We continue to closely monitor the situation in all parts of the world and base the decisions we make on the scientific evidence available.
“The requirement for travellers to quarantine for 14 days on arrival from a non-exempt country is vital to help prevent transmission of the virus and to suppress it – not doing so poses a significant risk to wider public health across Scotland.”
Wales has also added Portugal to its no-fly list, but Scotland and the rest of the UK have not.
The UK Government has a threshold for putting new countries on the no-travel list.
A seven-day rate of 20 per 100,000 is the threshold above which the UK Government generally considers triggering quarantine conditions.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has previously said no worker following quarantine guidance should be penalised by employers, including by being put on to sick pay.
He said if someone is following the law in relation to quarantine and self-isolating, “they can’t have penalties taken against them”.
Mr Raab said: “The Government is urging employers to be understanding of those returning from these destinations who now will need to self-isolate.”
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