Holidays: Iceland could be next on quarantine list as Covid case rate more than doubles

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The UK is currently reviewing its travel corridor list on a weekly basis. The list, also known as the “quarantine exemption list”, dictates where Britons can go on holiday and avoid 14 days in quarantine on their return to the UK. Travellers entering the UK from a country not on the travel corridor list have to isolate for 14 days.

Anyone caught flouting the rules could be faced with a £1,000 fine.

Countries likely to be struck off the quarantine exemption list are those with a seven-day infection rate above 20 per 100,000 people.

Last week, Slovenia and Guadeloupe were removed from the list after recording a surge in coronavirus cases.

However, Denmark, despite its high seven-day infection rate, remained on the list.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps usually updates the UK’s travel corridor list on a Thursday via Twitter.

This week, it is expected that Iceland will be axed from the travel corridor list after recording a surge in cases of COVID-19.

The country’s infection rate now surpasses the UK’s threshold figure with 40.6 cases per 100,000 people.

The number has more than doubled overnight after recording 19.3 cases per 100,000 on Saturday.

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CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency Paul Charles has been posting daily Twitter updates regarding countries’ infection rates.

Mr Charles said yesterday: “Sun update: A 300 percent+ surge in daily cases takes #Iceland back into the red zone.

“#France records 13,498 – its highest ever daily positive cases.

“Mainland #Greece, #Italy and #Turkey all remain relatively stable. #Germany almost amber as cases climb.”

Other countries on the travel corridor list are also recording a surge of infections.

Denmark’s infection rate is above Iceland’s and the UK’s, with 45.3 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

The country is very likely to be removed from the travel corridor list this week after being spared last week.

Mainland Greece has recorded 18.1 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period and is in the “amber zone”.

Currently, several Greek islands are on the quarantine list but mainland Greece has managed to remain on the safe list.

Another popular holiday spot which is edging closer to the “red zone” is Italy with 17 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

The country has become a popular destination with holidaymakers after managing to keep its coronavirus cases under control.

Last week, Singapore and Thailand were added to the quarantine exemption list.

But despite the good news, Singapore and Thailand both have extremely stringent rules in place for arrivals.

Singapore is not allowing short-term visitors from anywhere in the world and Thailand is only allowing certain categories of foreign nationals to enter or transit the country.

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