What is a travel corridor and what are the new coronavirus restrictions?

BORIS Johnson stopped all travel corridors with other countries last month to prevent the spread of coronavirus and its mutant strains.

Here is what you need to know about the latest travel restrictions.

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What is a travel corridor?

Last year, the government introduced new rules which let Brits travel abroad and return to the UK without having to quarantine.

Countries on the list were exempt from the two-week quarantine in the UK, which has since been reduced to 10 days.

While the UK lockdown prevented any overseas travel, a number of countries remained on the travel corridor list.

This included the Maldives, Barbados, Cuba and Gibraltar, as well as some of the Greek islands.

These may be introduced again when the UK lockdown lifts.

Which countries are no longer on the travel corridor list?

The entire travel corridor scheme has now been suspended, meaning there are no countries on it.

Boris Johnson said during the 5pm announcement last month: "To protect us against the risk of as yet unidentified new strains we will also close all travel corridors from 4am on Monday."

Anyone who arrives into the country must isolate for 10 days – but people can still get a test on day five to be released.

The Prime Minister said: “We are making such progress with the vaccine. What we don’t want is all that hard work undone by the arrival of a new variant that is vaccine-busting.

"It is vital to toughen restrictions now when day by day, hour by hour we are making such strides in protecting the population.”

Which countries were on the travel corridor list?

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Cayman Islands
  • the Channel Islands
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Gibraltar
  • Greek islands: Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Zakynthos
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • the Isle of Man
  • Japan
  • Kiribati
  • Laos
  • Macao (Macau)
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Montserrat
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • St Barthélemy
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Pierre and Miquelon
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

What are the other travel restrictions?

All UK arrivals now have to have a negative coronavirus test, taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Airlines will be forced to check these, and anyone without one will not be able to board their flight.

This will be backed by more spot checks to ensure people are remaining in self-isolation, too – and anyone caught out faces a £1,000 fine.

The Prime Minister explained: "If you come to this country you must have proof of negative covid tests that you have taken in 72hrs before leaving and you must have filled in passenger locator form and airline will ask for proof of both.

"Upon arrival you must quarantine for 10 days not leaving for any reason, or take a test on day 5 and wait for proof of negative result."

The UK has also introduced a list of "high risk" countries where flights are banned due to the new strains of Covid.

This includes 33 destinations such as Portugal, the UAE, South America and South African nations.

Is anyone exempt from the new rules?

Some people do not have to have a negative coronavirus test or quarantine on arrival.

This includes:

  • Airline, bus and Eurostar crew
  • Hauliers

The government has announced the full list of jobs which are exempt from the new rules, which includes essential medical staff and government workers, and also explains the necessary documents required.

Children under the age of 11 will also not need a negative coronavirus test but will have to quarantine on arrival to the UK.

Many countries closed their borders to the UK after the new Kent strain was reported in December.

Other countries have had testing at borders since last summer, but UK ministers have said it wasn't needed.

Already Brits are banned from going on holiday thanks to the national lockdown – and should only be travelling for work or essential reasons anyway.

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