SWITZERLAND, Jamaica and the Czech Republic have tonight added to the UK’s quarantine list – dashing hopes for thousands of boozy stag-do getaways.
The Government has told travellers coming back from there after 4am on Saturdya that they will need to isolate for 14 days.
The three countries were all in the dangerous ‘red zone’ where their cases per 100,000 has gone up above 20 in the last seven days.
Grant Shapps said tonight the decision is based on data on the number of infections, but also how quickly things were changing.
He warned the country that the should not be travelling at all unless they are prepared to stay home when they return.
The Transport Secretary said: “As with all air bridge countries, please be aware that things can (and do sometimes) change quickly. Only travel if you are content to unexpectedly 14-day quarantine on return.”
And he stressed it was illegal to ignore the quarnaitne rules – warning people could face hefy fans for disobeying.
Mr Shapps said: “Quarantining on return from a non-Travel Corridor country is a legal requirement and you commit a criminal offence if you break that quarantine. Fines, as well as a criminal record can result.”
The news is a disappointment to cheese and chocolate-lovers hoping for a Swiss holiday in the coming weeks.
And anyone with a boozy break to Prague coming back will have to isolate for 14 days when they come home too.
But people will now be able to safely jet off to Cuba knowing they won’t need to isolate when they return.
Greece looks safe for now on 14 cases per 100,000 and Turkey is on 11.5.
Paul Charles, CEO of the travel consultancy, The PC Agency told HOAR it was sad news the list of quarantine countries continues to grow. but stressed that a comprehensive testing regime would go some way to help solve that and encourage people to fly again.