Thursdays are usually the day when the Department for Transport review the UK’s travel corridor list. The travel corridors are a list of countries that Britons can travel to without having to quarantine on their return to the UK for 14 days. Changes to the list are usually announced today with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealing on Twitter whether countries are being added or removed from the list.
The aviation industry and other travel companies have been calling on the government to scrap this system and implement an airport testing programme.
It was revealed earlier this month that the UK is making “good progress” in developing a testing regime in order to reduce the current quarantine period.
The hope is that the “test and release” regime would allow for a “much reduced” quarantine period, according to Mr Shapps.
Mr Shapps has said previously that the government aims to launch the “test and release” programme after England’s lockdown comes to an end which is currently on December 2.
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“This would lead to more bookings as some people are able to quarantine for a few days.”
The travel expert has also been providing commentary on the UK’s travel corridor list.
Mr Charles has been posting a chart regularly on Twitter which illustrates whether countries are either in the “red zone”, “amber zone” or “green zone” depending on their infection rate over a seven-day period.
Originally, the government was putting countries on the quarantine list if a country’s infection rate recorded more than 20 new cases per 100,000 over a seven-day period.