A host of new destinations have been added to the quarantine-free list, led by Sri Lanka
Visitors returning from the Indian Ocean tourism hotspot will now no longer have to self-isolate for 14-days on return to England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
The same applies to Israel, Jerusalem, Namibia, Rwanda, Uruguay, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands, all have been added to the travel corridor list.
There has been a decrease in risk from Covid-19 in these destinations.
The travel corridor applies for Israel in its entirety, and Jerusalem in its entirety.
For the Occupied Palestinian Territories, only East Jerusalem is included in the travel corridor – with the remainder of the area not included.
Travellers arriving from locations that are not included will still need to self-isolate for 14-days on arrival in the UK.
This decision is driven by public health considerations based on epidemiological evidence.
At the same time, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice to no longer advise against all but essential travel the destinations.
The changes reflect the latest assessments by Public Health England (PHE) of the risk to travellers in these countries.
The travel ban on Denmark introduced on November 7th is, however, still in place.
Jean-Marc Flambert, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) committee member for the UK & Ireland said the news would be a boost to the hospitality sector.
He explained: “This is very welcome news for the Asia Pacific region as yet another of our destinations is added to the travel corridor list.