News from the UK immigration circles talks about the updates that have been done to the list of countries whose nationals are restricted to enter England. These countries have been removed from the UK’s list of safe countries. These countries are:
- Réunion Island
- Portugal (except the Azores and Madeira)
- French Polynesia
Any traveler arriving in England from these countries will have to practice self-isolation for 2 weeks upon arrival. This rule was implemented from September 12, 2020. The efforts to do the best to keep COVID-19 out of the country has resulted in such revisions and preventive measures under the UK visas and immigration process.
These countries will also not be seen in England’s travel corridor exemption list.
The move was made after it a revelation in by Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England in a data it published. The data revealed that the COVID-19 infections in these countries had increased considerably.
The specific conditions in the restricted countries lately have been reported as follows:
- There has been an 81% increase in the pandemic cases in Portugal in the 7 days before September 11, 2020.
- In Hungary, the increase in fresh pandemic cases has been 192% in the same period.
- French Polynesia registered a 77% increase in pandemic cases in the week before September 11, 2020.
- In Reunion Islands, the rate of growth in COVID-19 cases was 231% in the same period.
The FCDO has urged all British nationals not to indulge in non-essential travel to these countries. Sweden has been removed from the list of restricted countries.
Those British nationals in these countries currently are instructed to follow the instructions from the local authorities there. They are also advised to stay informed with the updates from FCDO.
It was in August 2020 that the UK had imposed a mandatory quarantine measure for citizens coming from Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
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FCDO – Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office