A series of new destinations have been added to the quarantine free list, led by Sri Lanka
Visitors returning from an Indian Ocean destination, will no longer be isolated for 14 days upon their return to England, Wales or Northern Ireland. The same applies to Israel, Jerusalem, Namibia, Rwanda, Uruguay, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands, all of which have been added to the list of travel corridors. Tourist corridor applies to the entire territory of Israel and all of Jerusalem. As for the occupied Palestinian Territories, only East Jerusalem is included in the tourist corridor – the rest of the region is not included.
The risk from Covid-19 has decreased in these destinations. Travelers from locations not included will remain quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in the UK. This decision is driven by public health considerations based on epidemiological evidence. These changes reflect the latest UK Department of Public Health (PHE) assessments of risks to tourists in these countries.
Jean-Marc Flambert, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) committee member for the UK & Ireland said the news would be a boost to the hospitality sector.
Jean-Marc Flambert, member of the Asia Pacific Travel Association (PATA) committee for the UK and Ireland, said the news will be the driving force behind the hotel sector.
“This is very welcome news for the Asia Pacific region as another of our destinations is added to the list of travel corridors,” he explained.
He added: “The main message is that Sri Lanka is ready to welcome tourists once again when the border reopens to international tourism. Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health, together with the private sector, has put in place rigorous procedures to mitigate the impact of Covid-19. The domestic market is expanding so many hotels are operating at good capacity and fine-tuning their Covid-19 procedures to be ready for international tourists.”