Department for Transport
Italy removed from travel corridor list and Crete added to list for England
- Also published by:
- Foreign,Commonwealth and Development Office
From 4am Sunday 18 October, people arriving in England from Italy will need to self-isolate.
- Italy, San Marino and Vatican City State removed from the travel corridor list this week
- Greek island of Crete added to list for England, having been assessed by the Joint Biosecurity Centre as posing a lower infection risk
- travellers urged to check the latest advice from the FCDO before travelling and will be required to fill in a passenger locator form before returning home
People arriving in England from Italy, San Marino and Vatican City State from 4am on Sunday 18 October will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks as the countries are removed from the travel corridor list.
Data has indicated the weekly cases and test positivity are increasing in Italy and so ministers have taken the decision to remove the destinations.
The Greek island of Crete has been added to the government’s travel corridor list following a decrease in confirmed cases of coronavirus.
From 4am on Sunday 18 October, passengers arriving in England from Crete will no longer need to self-isolate, provided they haven’t been in or transited through any other non-exempt countries in the 14 days preceding their arrival.
The JBC’s latest risk assessment for Crete indicates that the risks to UK public health from travellers returning from there has decreased to an acceptable level.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice to advise against all but essential travel to Italy and San Marino. The island of Crete is now exempt from the FCDO’s global advisory against non-essential travel.
The government has made consistently clear it will take decisive action if necessary to contain the virus, including removing countries from the travel corridors list rapidly if the public health risk of people returning from a particular country without self-isolating becomes too high.
Covid-19 has profoundly changed the nature of international travel. Travellers should always check the latest advice from the FCDO to keep up to date with the latest information on the risks associated with travel to another country, as well as the entry rules and measures introduced by local authorities that may affect British travellers.
All travellers, including those from exempt destinations, will still be required to show a completed passenger locator form on arrival in the UK unless they fall into a small group of exemptions.
Penalties for those breaching the self-isolation rules when returning from non-exempt countries have increased from £1,000 for first offence up to £10,000 for subsequent offences, mirroring penalties for those breaching self-isolation following a positive COVID test or contact from Test & Trace.
Latest News from
Department for Transport
Admin fees removed for COVID disrupted rail travel on Advance tickets26/10/2020 15:10:00
Administration charge fees removed from rail Advance tickets.
2022 Commonwealth Games: Games Transport Plan26/10/2020 12:10:00
West Midlands Combined Authority will prepare a Games Transport Plan ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham (23 October 2020).
Government steps up plans to keep trade flowing at the end of the transition period23/10/2020 08:10:00
Government launches plans to keep trade flowing after 1 January 2021.
Government announces further cash boost for trams22/10/2020 16:10:00
Tram services will be protected across the North and Midlands.
Next steps announced to boost road safety and close mobile phone loophole20/10/2020 09:38:00
Have your say on making activities like taking photos and playing games on hand-held mobile phones illegal while driving.
“Beyond the crisis” - speech to the aviation industry19/10/2020 16:10:00
Talking about the issues, problems and actions taken to counter COVID-19 so far in the aviation sector, plus future plans.
Vital rail services protected through new deal with Arriva CrossCountry19/10/2020 13:10:10
New contract ensures continuation and improvement of train services across UK's most extensive rail network.
Hammersmith Bridge taskforce meeting, 15 October 202016/10/2020 16:43:00
Joint statement on progress made by the taskforce at their meeting on Thursday 15 October 2020.