England unlocks travel with 59 countries, Vietnam in and US "out"
|England will end coronavirus quarantine for people from 59 countries and territories as from July 10 (Photo: cnn)|
England will end coronavirus quarantine for people from 59 countries and territories as from July 10, including Vietnam, the UK’s Department for Transport announced on July 3.
A new “travel corridor” list was revealed, with travelers from the 59 countries and territories, excluding the US, no longer having to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
This applies to all travel to England by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route, according to the department.
“The government is satisfied that it is now safe to ease these measures in England and has introduced travel corridor exemption for some countries and territories,” it said in a statement.
However, those who have been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridors exemption list will have to self-isolate until 14 days have passed since they left the country.
Before their arrival in the UK, travelers must complete a passenger locator form, and present these details on their arrival in England. This applies to both visitors and UK residents.
While arrivals from the designated countries will not be required to self-isolate on arrival to the UK, the UK government has confirmed that travelers from the UK must comply with coronavirus requirements in the country they travel to.
The government’s expectation is that a number of the exempted countries will also not require arrivals from the UK to self-isolate. This will mean that holidaymakers travelling to and from certain destinations will not need to self-isolate on either leg of their journey.
The exempted countries and territories will be kept under constant review, so that if the health risks increase self-isolation measures can be re-introduced to help stop the spread of the disease into England.
Here are the countries and territories that are part of the "travel corridor" list:
Andorra, Germany, New Zealand, Antigua and Barbuda, Greece, Norway, Aruba, Greenland, Poland, Australia, Grenada, Réunion, Austria, Guadeloupe, San Marino, Bahamas, Hong Kong, Serbia, Barbados, Hungary, Seychelles, Belgium, Iceland, South Korea, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Jamaica, St Barthélemy, Curaçao, Japan, St Kitts and Nevis, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, St Lucia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, St Pierre and Miquelon, Denmark, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Dominica, Macau, Taiwan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji, Mauritius, Turkey, Finland, Monaco, Vatican City, France, Netherlands, Vietnam, French Polynesia, New Caledonia.
|Before their arrival in the UK, travelers must complete a passenger locator form, and present these details on their arrival in England. (Photo: Reuters)|
The US placed on “red list”
Passengers arriving into England from the US will not be exempted from quarantine rules, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on July 3.
"Here, we've got things under control, but we know that [the virus] is still raging in parts of the world... so I'm afraid there is a red list," Shapps told BBC Radio 4.
"The US, from a very early stage, banned flights from the UK and from Europe, so there isn't a reciprocal arrangement in place," he added.
The US has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, with more than 2.7 million confirmed cases, and a death toll of more than 128,000, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
The daily US tally of cases stood at 53,483 late on July 3, below the previous day’s record 55,405, Reuters reported./.
In Vietnam, no new cases of COVID-19 were reported July 4 morning, which marks the 79th straight day without local community transmission, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said.
Among the total 355 confirmed cases so far, 215 were imported and quarantined upon arrival.
Up to 340 or 95.8 percent of the patients have recovered, and there have been no deaths.
Most of the 15 remaining patients are in stable condition, with three negative for the coronavirus twice.
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