New travel corridors ‘like being told you can visit Narnia’ – expert slams latest decision

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Last night, several new additions were added to the travel corridor list including two African nations. Rwanda and Namibia’s inclusion on the list marked a huge milestone, opening up holidays to the continent. Israel, Namibia, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Bonaire, St Eustatius & Saba, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands were all added to the UK’s safe list.

However, it has since come to light that several of the destinations are actually off limits to Britons.

Travel expert Simon Calder said on Twitter that the addition of new destinations on the travel corridor list is “great news”.

He said: “Sri Lanka now quarantine exempt. Great news.”

But he added: “But Rwanda, Namibia and Uruguay?

“Don’t get your hopes up. No quarantine-free way to reach any of those nations.

“Like being told you’re OK to visit the Moon, Hogwarts and Narnia.”

He later said in a comment to a Twitter user that South Africa “would have made a huge difference to travellers, and to the people who rely on tourism.”

South Africa has remained on the quarantine list despite recording a relatively low seven-day infection rate in recent weeks.

CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency Paul Charles said last night on the platform: “Despite more travel corridors opening up, we still need to see a major reduction in the quarantine period for those returning to the UK from high-risk countries.

“This would boost confidence to book and help many people see their friends and family again overseas.”

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Here’s the latest Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice for the new travel corridor destinations:

Namibia

Britons will be required to present a negative coronavirus test on arrival in Namibia.

The FCDO advice states: “If the negative result is less than 72 hours old, there is no quarantine requirement.

“If the negative result is older than 72 hours but less than seven days, then you will need to quarantine for seven days.”

However, there are currently no direct flights from the UK to Namibia.

This means it’s highly likely that Britons would have to take a connecting flight from a country that is not on the travel corridor list to visit the country and return to the UK which would lead to quarantine.

Rwanda

Arrivals have to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 120 hours of departure.

After providing proof of a negative test, all passengers have to then enter quarantine at a designated hotel for up to 24 hours while awaiting the results of a second coronavirus test taken on arrival.

The test will cost roughly $50 but if the results are negative, you can leave quarantine.

Land borders are closed to tourists but Kigali International Airport is open.

There are currently no direct flights from the UK.

Uruguay

Currently, only nationals and legal residents are allowed to enter the country.

Some foreigners who need to enter the country under exceptional circumstances will require pre-authorisation from the National Immigration Department.

Sri Lanka

Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals

A 14-day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home.

Israel

Foreign nationals are not permitted to enter unless they are citizens or residents of Israel, however, limited exceptions apply.

Requests for permission to enter the country should be submitted to the Israeli Embassy in London.

US Virgin Islands

The stunning Caribbean islands can only be reached via the USA, which is not open to Britons at present.

Bonaire, St Eustatius & Saba

The borders of Bonaire and Saba are currently not open to British Nationals for non-essential travel.

If you are travelling to St Eustatius, please note that travellers from the UK must stay in mandatory quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

North Mariana Islands

The islands are a US commonwealth and are located east of the Philippines in the Pacific Ocean.

There currently aren’t any direct flights to the islands.

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