Holidays: ‘Lifeline’ countries that should be added to UK’s quarantine exemption list

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The UK’s weekly travel corridor update has become essential for Britons planning holidays abroad. The travel corridor list is usually updated on a Thursday with the new measures being put in place from 4am Saturday. Today, Slovenia and the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe were removed from the travel corridor list.

This means that travellers in both countries have until 4am on Saturday to return to the UK or face 14 days in isolation.

Thailand and Singapore were both added to the quarantine exemption list in a welcome boost for holidays.

However, currently, both countries have stringent entry requirements in place that mean most Britons would not be welcome.

The latest update means that Britons can only visit 12 destinations without any restrictions.

There are more countries open to Britons but many of them require visitors to present a negative coronavirus test.

However, there are other countries that the government has neglected to add to the quarantine exemption list that would fall within the government’s requirements.

CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency Paul Charles has been posting daily updates regarding the countries’ average coronavirus case rates.

Today, he said that mainland many countries in Africa have not been added to the quarantine exemption list despite low levels of COVID-19.

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He said: “There isn’t one mainland #African country you can travel to without having to quarantine on your return to the #UK.

“Yet key nations are very green, and well below the #UK’s own infections figure.

“Opening up to #Africa would be a lifeline for many.”

One of the government’s main criteria when considering putting a country on the quarantine list is its seven-day infection rate.

The case rate gives an estimate of the prevalence of active cases in a country, territory or island.

If a country reports 20 new cases per 100,0000 of its population over seven days, then it could be at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list.

Currently, South Africa’s case rate per 100,000 people is below that of the UK.

The country has recorded 18.9 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

Botswana’s is also below the government’s threshold with 14.6 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, according to The PC Agency.

Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda also each have under five cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, according to The PC Agency.

South Africa has recently decided to reopen its borders to tourists from October 1.

The reopening will include inbound and outbound tourism which will allow tourists to enter the country.

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