As concerns mount over a new variant of coronavirus stemming from South America, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has announced more nations to be removed from the UK travel corridor list. As of Friday, January 15 arrivals from three nations will be “denied entry into the UK.”
These include Portugal’s autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, which have been hailed previously as “safe” destinations due to low coronavirus figures.
However, their connectivity with Brazil and the rest of South America has raised some concerns for the Government.
In a tweet, Mr Shapps stated: “As part of our measures on the Brazilian variant, we are removing CHILE, MADEIRA and the AZORES from the #TravelCorridors list.
“As of 4am Fri 15 Jan all non-British and Irish nationals and those without permanent UK residency will be denied entry into the UK.”
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Those arriving from certain nations are able to reduce this time if they opt into the “Test to Release” scheme.
This scheme sees arrivals taking a coronavirus test, at their own expense, on day five of their self-isolation.
If they provide a negative COVID-19 test they may cut their quarantine period short.
New rules also mean that all arrivals into the UK must present a negative coronavirus test taken 72 hours prior to their journey.
“From 4am on 18 January, if you intend to travel to England, or from 4am on 15 January if you intend to travel to Scotland, including UK nationals returning home from travel abroad, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departure,” explains the FCDO website.