Which countries have been added to the coronavirus quarantine list?
Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra have been removed from the “travel corridor” list, meaning Brits who return from those destinations will have to self-isolate for 14 days. The changes started at midnight on Thursday in Wales and at 4am on Saturday in England and Scotland.
Are there any exemptions?
Brexit negotiators, lorry drivers and Eurotunnel and Eurostar crew do not have to quarantine. Nor do people who live in the UK but work in another country and travel between the two at least once a week, or vice versa – but they do in Scotland.
What happens if travellers don’t quarantine when they get home?
People who fail to self-isolate for 14 days can be fined up to £1,000 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Those returning to Scotland could be fined £480 and up to £5,000 for repeat offenders.
Do you have to quarantine if you take the Eurostar from Amsterdam to London via Belgium?
Yes, if it stops in Brussels and people get on. Travellers must self-isolate if they’ve made a transit stop in any country that is not on the quarantine-exemption list where passengers can get on or off a coach, ferry, train, plane or leave the car. If you drive through Belgium without stopping, you do not need to self-isolate.
Do holidaymakers in Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra need to return home immediately?
No, but they should contact their travel agent, tour operator, airline, train or ferry operator to check they will be able to get home as planned.
Will France be next?
The Chancellor has warned that the Government will not hesitate to impose restrictions on countries, and France recorded a two-month high in cases: 1,685 positive tests, only slightly fewer than Spain’s 1,772. This has raised the prospect it will also be added to the 14-day quarantine list, but Government sources say there will be no imminent decision. It’s estimated there are many as half a million Brits currently on holiday there.
Any good news?
Travellers from Brunei or Malaysia arriving in