Thursday, 20 August 2020

Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago and Austria coming off the safe list says British Government

People arriving in England from Croatia, Austria as well as Trinidad and Tobago will have to self-isolate for 2 weeks after 4am on Saturday 22 August after the British Government removed them from the safe travel list.

According to data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England shows a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in all 3 destinations, leading to ministers removing these destinations from the current list of travel corridors.
The weekly number of cases per 100,000 for Croatia has increased from 10.4 on 12 August to 27.4 on 19 August  - a164% increase. Austria has seen an increase of 93% from 13 to 20 August and Trinidad and Tobago has been a massive recent increase of  232% increase in recent days. 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice to advise against all but essential travel to Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Austria. This means holiday firms will be forced to stop selling packages to these countries and most personal travel insurance policies will not be valid. 
Infections from COVID-19 are on the rise across Europe. The government has made consistently clear it will take decisive action if necessary to contain the virus, which includes 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. This means holidaymakers may find they need to self isolate on return to the UK and are advised to consider the implications of self-isolation on them and their families before making travel plans.
People currently in CroatiaTrinidad and Tobago and Austria are encouraged to follow the local rules and check the FCO travel advice pages for further information. 

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