England and Scotland revised their COVID-19 journey guidelines on Wednesday, inserting better restrictions on travellers arriving from Spain’s Balearic Islands over fears of rising case numbers.
The Department of Transport in London mentioned after a “sharp rise in cases”, the choice had been taken to maneuver the Balearic Islands in addition to the British Virgin Islands to England’s “amber” listing — the middle-ranking for Covid-19 incidence.
The Scottish authorities, which units its personal transport coverage, introduced it will be making the identical modifications.
Under the “amber” restrictions, which can come into drive after 4: 00 am (0300 GMT) on July 19, travellers must isolate themselves at residence once they arrive within the UK.
However, modifications that come into impact on the identical day imply those that have had each Covid vaccines as a part of the UK’s innoculation marketing campaign is not going to need to isolate after they return.
The Spanish islands, which embody Ibiza, Menorca, Majorca and Formentera, have been solely moved to the UK’s inexperienced listing on the finish of June.
“Unfortunately when we put them on the green watch list from then we’ve seen the rates double, and also the rates of positivity of these tests double, meaning that we’re going to have to move quickly.” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps mentioned.
Revisions in restrictions have been additionally introduced for Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Croatia which have been moved to the “green” watch listing, the bottom rating for Covid circumstances, which suggests travellers shouldn’t have to isolate within the UK however nonetheless have to check for Covid earlier than and after arrival.
Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone will probably be added to the “red” listing from July 19, with the strictest journey measures imposed, which means those that have departed from or transited by way of the nations will probably be refused entry.
British and Irish residents or UK residents should quarantine in a government-approved lodge for 10 days when getting back from red-list nations.