You are here: Home - Insurance - News -

Estonia and Latvia off safe travel list

Written by:
People arriving in the UK from Estonia or Latvia this weekend will need to self-isolate for two weeks, the government has confirmed.

Estonia and Latvia have been removed from the quarantine exempt list for arrivals from 4am Saturday 28 November.

It comes as data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England has indicated a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases of coronavirus in these destinations.

There has been a consistent increase in Covid-19 cases per 100,000 of the population in Estonia over the past week, with a 25% increase in total cases over this time period. In Latvia, new cases per week have increased by 16% over the same time period.

Meanwhile, the Pacific Islands, Bhutan, Timor-Leste, Mongolia and Aruba have been added to the list of travel corridors for the UK.

This means from 4am on Saturday 28 November, passengers arriving into the UK from these destinations will no longer need to isolate as long as they’ve not been in or transited through any exempt countries in the 14 days before arrival.

Further, the travel ban on Denmark which was imposed on 7 November is lifted as the Covid-19 virus in minks is receding. However, it remains off the government’s travel corridor list meaning any passengers coming into the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice to advise against all but essential travel to Estonia and Latvia. It also is not advising against all but essential travel to Aruba and Bhutan.

However, it continues to advise against all but essential travel to Denmark, Mongolia, Timor-Leste, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.

Given that national restrictions were introduced on 5 November, these remain in place until 2 December which means everyone must stay at home unless travelling for a very limited set of reasons, including for work or education.

As such, holidays and international travel aren’t allowed unless for work or other legally permitted reasons. Those in breach of the rules face penalties starting at £200 and rising to a maximum of £6,400.

Penalties for those breaching the self-isolation rules when returning from non-exempt countries have increased from £1,000 for first offences up to £10,000 for subsequent offences, mirroring penalties for those breaching self-isolation following a positive Covid test or contact from Test and Trace.

Related Posts

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

Your right to a refund if travel is affected by train strikes

There have been a wave of train strikes in the past six months, and for anyone travelling today Friday 3 Febru...

Could you save money with a social broadband tariff?

Two-thirds of low-income households are unaware they could be saving on broadband, according to Uswitch.

How to help others and donate to food banks this winter

This winter is expected to be the most challenging yet for the food bank network as soaring costs push more pe...

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

DIY investors: 10 common mistakes to avoid

For those without the help and experience of an adviser, here are 10 common DIY investor mistakes to avoid.

Mortgage down-valuations: Tips to avoid pulling out of a house sale

Down-valuations are on the rise. So, what does it mean for home buyers, and what can you do?

Five tips for surviving a bear market mauling

The S&P 500 has slipped into bear market territory and for UK investors, the FTSE 250 is also on the edge. Her...

Money Tips of the Week