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Cyprus and Lithuania off England’s safe travel list

Paloma Kubiak
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Paloma Kubiak

People arriving in the UK from Cyprus and Lithuania this weekend will need to self-isolate for two weeks.

These destinations have been removed from the quarantine exempt list for arrivals from 4am Sunday 1 November.

This means anyone arriving in England from these destinations, whether by train, ferry, coach, air, or any other route, even a transit stop, will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

The government said the destinations have been removed from the list of safe travel corridors for England as data showed a significant increase in confirmed coronavirus cases.

In the past two weeks in Cyprus, there has been a 79% increase in total cases while in Lithuania, new cases per week have increased by 47% over the same time period.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has also updated its travel advice to advise against all but essential travel to Cyprus and Lithuania.

Travellers will also 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 a first offence, up to £10,000 for subsequent offences.

The government urged employers to be “understanding” of those returning from these destinations who now will need to self-isolate.