UK Adds Botswana & Saudi Arabia to Its Travel Corridor List of Exemptions

The United Kingdom has added Botswana and Saudi Arabia to its travel corridor list, after evaluating that the epidemiological situation requires for such a decision to be taken, the country’s government has announced.

According to the announcement, starting from December 12, all citizens arriving in Britain from countries mentioned above will no longer need to follow quarantine rules, VisaGuide.World reports.

At the same time, the United Kingdom has announced that the Canary Islands will be excluded from its travel corridor list, and all persons coming from the Canary Islands must undergo two weeks of mandatory quarantine, upon their arrival in the UK.

“Ministers’ decision to remove the Canary Islands from the list of travel corridors has been based on a sharp increase in test positivity, currently at 7.1 per cent for the Canaries collectively and 8.8 per cent for the island of Tenerife, per cent”, the statement reads.

Authorities in the United Kingdom previously clarified that it would take action if necessary, in order to halt the further spread of the disease, including removing countries from the travel corridors list, if the risk from persons returning to the UK becomes too high.

At the same time, Britain’s government is planning to reduce the number of quarantine days from 14 to 10 days, in an effort to ease the free movement. Such a decision is expected to be officially announced later today by the chief medical officers of all four UK nations.

In order to facilitate the movement of citizens, the United Kingdom will also impose a testing process for all internationals who are not included in Britain’s travel corridor lists, starting from December 15.

The decision was announced on November 24  by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who at the time stressed that the new restrictions would enable the UK to boost international travel.

From December 15, British authorities announced that citizens would have two options of restrictions when arriving in the UK:

  • Quarantine for two weeks
  • Quarantine for at least five days and then test for the Coronavirus

Self-isolation rules have been often in the spotlight of criticism by many companies and organizations who claim that such measures are not effective in the fight against the COVID-19 disease.

Recently, the Consulting company Oxera and Edge Health company in its report emphasized that quarantine rule is the least useful measure to stop the spread of the COVID-19.

At present, the UK is the sixth most infected country worldwide, according to the statistics published by Worldometers. A total of 1,787,783 persons have contracted the virus in Britain, as yet, and 63,082 persons have died.