United Kingdom adds Italy, Vatican City, San Marino to quarantine list

Henrietta Strickland
October 16, 2020

Italy was one of the last largest European holiday hotspots where English travelers could travel without any details about their return.

Last week, no countries were added to the quarantine list, amid a spike in United Kingdom cases.

Vatican City State, home of the Catholic Pope, lies within Italy's capital, Rome.

The devolved nations have their own exemption lists which are similar but not identical.

Meanwhile, those arriving from mainland Greece and the Greek islands, except Mykonos, will no longer need to quarantine as of the same time due to the low number of cases.

Yesterday, Italy recorded 7,332 new cases of Covid-19, the highest toll ever, which means that cases in the Mediterranean country are now at 58.3 per 100,000 over the course of seven days.

By comparison, the UK's case rate now stands at 166.

A rate of 20 is the threshold above which the United Kingdom government considers triggering quarantine conditions.

Public Health England (PHE) told Sky News in September the risk assessment for each country is considered on an individual basis, and the weekly rate is weighted against several other factors.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has previously said the government would be "absolutely ruthless" about adding countries to the quarantine list, "even with our closest and dearest friends and partners" - such as France and Spain, which are both on the list.

The FCDO advises against non-essential worldwide travel at this time, except to certain countries and territories listed on its website that are deemed as "not posing an unacceptably high risk to British travellers".

However, anyone travelling to somewhere exempt from the non-essential travel advice may still need to self-isolate on their return to the United Kingdom if the country is not also on the travel corridors list.

This means anyone returning to the United Kingdom from those countries after 4am on Sunday will have to self-isolate for two weeks. Decisions regarding worldwide travel corridors are made using a variety of factors, with data from all countries and regions subject to constant review.

Penalties for those breaching the self-isolation rules have increased from £1,000 for a first offence up to £10,000 for subsequent offences.

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