The countries at risk of being put on the UK quarantine list – including Switzerland and Iceland

CROATIA has become the latest country to be added to the UK quarantine list, along with Austria, after their coronavirus situation worsened.

The government, using data from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), will introduce travel restrictions on countries which report more than 20 new cases per 100,000 population.

If they fail to reduce their cases within the seven day period, then they are likely to be placed on the quarantine list.

Croatia's rate is currently 34.4 while Austria is 21.1, according to travel expert Paul Charles, CEO of PC Agency – France (30.5) was added to the list on August 15 while Spain (86.4) was added on July 26.

However, countries which approach the 20 mark are at risk of being put onto the quarantine list next week, which short notice resulting in Brits facing rushing home.

Greece and Turkey have avoided the UK non-essential travel ban due to their low numbers, but this could still change at short notice.

Here are the countries particularly at risk at the moment – where a holiday may end up with a quarantine in the UK.


Switzerland is the most likely to be placed on the UK's quarantine list next.

The coronavirus cases in the country are at 39,332. August 19 saw 311 new daily infections – the highest since April 19.

It's new infection rate is 18.9 per 100,000 in the past week.

Scotland has already removed it from their safe travel list, and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed it was being watched to see how the situation progresses.

Brits heading to Switzerland don't currently have to isolate, with no travel requirements or health checks on arrival.


Cases of coronavirus in Iceland are low overall – there are just 2,050 total cases.

However, cases have been increasing since mid-July, taking its new cases per 100,000 in the last week to 18, close to the 20 dictated by the UK government as a reason to put them on the quarantine list.

Brits entering Iceland currently have to pay for a coronavirus test on arrival, costing between £50 and £60, followed by a second test after five days of quarantine which is free.

Those that don't pay for it will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

The UK government has been urged to follow the Icelandic model of the five-day quarantine, bookmarked by Covid tests.

Czech Republic

While the Czech Republic's total cases of coronavirus remain lower than other European destinations – at 21,045 – new daily cases have been rising steadily in recent weeks.

New infections per 100,000 are at 15.4 – if it goes over 20, it is as risk of the UK quarantine list.

There are no travel restrictions for Brits entering Czech Republic.

Italy is one of the safer holiday hotspots for Brits this summer, despite once being the epicentre of coronavirus cases.

We've rounded up some of the best Italian deals, as well as hols to Greece and Turkey, although caution is advised is booking far in advance as travel advance can change at short notice.

Mr Shapps warned that anyone heading abroad should be prepared to quarantine for 14 days – many have been given less than 48 hours notice to return to the UK to avoid the quarantine restrictions.

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