Cyprus removed from travel corridor list as Brits ordered to isolate upon return

Cyprus has been removed from the UK’s travel corridors list, along with Lithuania, Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, has said.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Shapps said Cyprus and Lithuania will be removed from the list on Sunday 1st November at 4am.

He said: "From 4am Sunday 1st November, if you arrive into the UK from these destinations you will need to self-isolate."

The announcement means any Brits returning from these countries after 4am will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

Lithuania and Cyprus join Italy, France, Spain and Turkey, who have recently been added to the list following a surge in positive coronavirus cases.

The Department for Transport said it had added Cyprus and Lithuania due to a "continued increase" of Covid-19 infections within the two countries.

Cyprus "has been a consistent increase in COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of the population in Cyprus over the last 2 weeks, with a 79% increase in total cases over this time period," it said.

In Lithuania, "new cases per week have increased by 47% over the same time period."

The travel authority used data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England to identify significant change in these areas, leading to ministers removing these from the current list of travel corridors.

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also advised against travel to these countries, labelling any visits to Cyprus and Lithuania as non-essential.

It said: "The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has also updated its travel advice to advise against all but essential travel to Cyprus and Lithuania.

"These changes reflect the latest assessments by Public Health England of the risk to travellers in each of these destinations.

"The government has made consistently clear it will take decisive action if necessary to contain the virus, including removing countries from the travel corridors list rapidly if the public health risk of people returning from a particular country without self-isolating becomes too high."

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