This week we have the news we definitely did not want, The Canary Islands have been removed from the UK safe travel list! Another 2 countries have been added!
Don't panic matey, this doesn't mean that you can not go, it just means that you will need to self-isolate for 14 days when you return. However, from 15th December 'Test to Release' scheme starts meaning you can pay for a private test and stop self-isolating quicker if you test negative. Read our article about it here!
The destinations added are Botswana and Saudi Arabia. These changes come into place from 4am on Saturday 12th December, meaning passengers arriving back in the country from these destinations will no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days.
Grant Shapps the Secretary of State for Transport tweeted: "Data indicates weekly cases and positive tests are increasing in the CANARY ISLANDS and so we are REMOVING them from the #TravelCorridor list to reduce the risk of importing COVID-19. From 4am Sat 12 Dec, if you arrive from these islands you WILL need to self-isolate."
He followed with: "BOTSWANA and SAUDI ARABIA have been ADDED to the #TravelCorridor list. If you arrive from these places after 4am Sat 12 Dec you do NOT need to self-isolate."
"From Tues 15th, the new 'Test to Release' service for passengers arriving in England starts. This means that all passengers from any location NOT in a Travel Corridor may “opt-in” to shorten self-isolation to 5 days with a negative COVID-19 test result from specific providers."
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