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Turkey and Poland added to England's travel quarantine list

Turkey and Poland added to England's travel quarantine list”

Travellers from Turkey, Poland and the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba will now have to quarantine upon arrival in Scotland.

Data from Poland shows a 66% increase in the weekly incidence (cases) per 100,000, rising from 14.7 on 23 September to 24.4 on 30 September.

It means travellers are required to self-isolate at home, or another specified address, for 14 days from 4am on Saturday.

Turkey was one of the countries that has managed to stay off the UK's quarantine list so far, meaning it had fewer than 20 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people.

At the same time, from tomorrow (Friday 2 October) the penalties issued to people who breach self-isolation after returning from a non-exempt country will increase.

Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba reported 142.4 new cases per 100,000, unchanged from 142.4 in the previous week.

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The FCO advises British nationals against "all but essential travel" to the countries on the quarantine list.

But Mr Shapps said the Turkish Health Ministry has been "defining the number of new COVID-19 cases in a different way to the definition used by worldwide organisations such as WHO and ECDC", leading to the change in policy.

It comes as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last Thursday said passengers returning from Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and the Caribbean island of Curacao would have to self-isolate on their return.

Ministers have faced calls for months to replace the current 14 day self-isolation restrictions for people returning to the United Kingdom from high risk countries with a more nuanced system of airport testing.

The countries have all also been removed from the Scottish Government's list of travel corridors, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has said.

Advocates believe testing on arrival could open the door to significantly reducing the two week quarantine period to potentially less than seven days.



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