Though holidays are back on to a number of destinations deemed “safe” enough to be part of the UK travel corridor list, mounting coronavirus cases could mean that more countries will face the chop in the near future. In recent weeks destinations including France and Spain have suddenly been axed from the quarantine-free list due to rising cases of the virus.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the Government will be “absolutely ruthless” when it comes to assessing countries’ place on the travel list.
He said: “We can’t be remotely complacent about our own situation.
“Everybody understands that in a pandemic you don’t allow our population to be reinfected or the disease to come back in.
“That is why the quarantine measures are very important and we have to apply them in a very strict way.”
Though popular destinations like Greece, Croatia and Turkey are still on the list now, all eyes are on infection rates.
Britons with holiday plans are advised to stay up-to-date on the current figures in their destination, as well as any related advice from the UK Government.
Greece has been identified as one of the hotspots seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Though Greece fared well in the early days of the outbreak, according to Worldometers, as on August 16 the nation has seen a rise of 217 new cases and a further two deaths as a result.
It is a similar story for Croatia and Turkey too.
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Thanks to its place on the travel corridor list, Croatia has seen a rise in tourism, but this could change if the nation is suddenly axed.
Already Croatia has recorded 7.2 million overnight stays so far this month.
According to the Croatian tourism board, it is around 70 percent of last year’s figure for the same period.
However, the country has recently seen a surge in cases, particularly linked with nightclubs sparking a warning from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
“There have been reports of a number of coronavirus cases associated with visits to nightclubs,” states the FCO.
“You should exercise caution and follow social distancing rules when attending nightclubs or other busy venues.”
According to Worldometers, as of August 16, Croatia has recorded 151 new cases and one death as a result.
Meanwhile, in Turkey, there have been 1,192 new cases recorded as of August 16 and 19 new deaths.
For those visiting Turkey, the FCO has issued a warning about measures currently in place to try and curb the spread of coronavirus.
“The wearing of masks is obligatory throughout Turkey in crowded places and specifically in markets and supermarkets, hairdressers and barber shops,” warns the FCO.
“The wearing of masks is also compulsory on all public transport, including Metro, buses, taxis and ferries, and in some areas, masks must be worn when travelling in private vehicles with more than one person.”
The wearing of face masks is mandatory at all times outside the home in a number of major cities and tourist areas too.
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