SWITZERLAND, Czech Republic and Jamaica have become the latest countries to be added to the UK's quarantine list.
A rise in infections across the world has led to Brits facing uncertainty over their holidays and follows Croatia, Trinidad and Austria being removed from the list of countries deemed safe to travel to.
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What is the UK quarantine list?
Travellers must self-isolate for two weeks upon returning from any of the countries on the quarantine list.
If a country stays above 20 cases per 100,000 people for more than seven days it is likely to be added to the UK’s quarantine list.
Passengers must leave their details with border officials, go straight home and self-quarantine for two weeks to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The list currently has over 160 countries and territories on it and is subject to constant review.
Which countries are on the list?
Downing Street has said it is keeping a watchful eye on case numbers, testing figures and infection rates in “a number of countries and territories.”
Those where there is a cause for concern are removed from the travel corridor "safe" list.
The list is updated every Thursday, with new restrictions coming into force from 4am the following Saturday.
Spain was added to the quarantine list on July 26, and on August 8, Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas were removed from the "air bridge" list.
From August 15, anyone returning to the UK from France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba must self-isolate for 14 days.
From August 20, the same rules apply to anyone who returned to the UK from Austria, Croatia and Trinidad.
And on August 27, Czechia, formerly known as Czech Republic, was added to the list along with Switzerland and Jamaica.
However, holidays to Cuba are now back on as travellers are now allowed to return without having to quarantine.
Full list of countries on the UK’s quarantine list
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
São Tomé and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
Here is the latest travel advice for some of the popular holiday hotspots currently on – and removed – from the quarantine list.
The government announced that France was the latest country to be put on the UK quarantine list from August 15, with a total of 238,002 cases.
Since August 15, Brits have had to quarantine when arriving back from France.
The move affected around 500,000 people who were given a days notice to get home to avoid quarantine.
Brits stuck in France who were unable to get back before the rule change will be able to claim Universal Credit if they are not paid for their quarantine period.
Spain has been on the quarantine list since July 26, with 407,789 total cases, the highest in Europe.
The country remains on the list indefinitely, as do the surrounding islands.
Portugal's tourism industry received a huge boost after it was removed from the UK's quarantine list.
The Iberian nation had not expected to welcome many Brits back to its shores after being one of the original members on the list.
But a reduction in infections means holidaymakers returning to the UK will now no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days.
And Brits can flock to the popular holiday destination with a number of airlines and travel firms listing cheap deals.
The Azores and Madeira had already been moved to the safe list.
Malta has been added to the travel ban list due to a spike in cases.
While having just 1,470 cases, the island saw 78 new cases on August 12, the highest daily count since the beginning of the pandemic.
Those returning from Malta will have to quarantine for two weeks as of August 15.
Trips to Amsterdam incur a quarantine, enforced since August 15, as the curve of new cases in The Netherlands has increased in weeks.
Total cases are currently 66,097, with daily new cases remaining above 500.
The move will likely hit the famous red light district which has been back up and running since July.
The US is on the quarantine list as cases in the world's worst-hit country continue to spiral out of control – with 5.7m cases.
The number of states with quarantines is also growing as governors move to protect residents amid flareups in places such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona.
In spite of this the US has lifted its Global Level 4 warning for Americans wanting to leave the US.
Can I still travel to countries on the quarantine list?
Yes you can, however only for essential travel.
You should check ahead to see what the destination's policies are on arriving from the UK, as many countries want Brits to quarantine on arrival.
You must be prepared to self-isolate in the UK on your return too.
There are also exemptions to the rule, but they are very rare.
Is there a fine if I break quarantine rules?
Yes, you face a fine of up to £1,000 if you fail to self-isolate at home.
Magistrates also have the power to prosecute or to issue unlimited fines for persistent breaches, or for refusal to pay a fine that has already been issued.
How are quarantine rules enforced in the UK?
The quarantine is being run and enforced by Border Force, cops, and Public Health England officials.
If returning to the UK from a country on the quarantine list, you will need to provide details of your journey and contact details BEFORE you travel.
Those rules continue to apply for the time being – both to Brits returning to the country and tourists arriving from abroad.
Anyone entering the country must provide contact details and then self-isolate for 14 days, or face a fine of up to £1,000.
Police are conducting checks to ensure people are quarantining and not leaving their residence for the two-week period.
Brits living in the UK can quarantine at their own home, but they are not allowed to leave the house for a fortnight.
Anyone without accommodation should be provided with alternative living space by the government.
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