NEWS: New destinations added to the UK travel corridors, Italy remains but new rules for UK to enter

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For once we had some good news on travel corridors on a Thursday. Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Santorini & Zakynthos were added to the TravelCorridor list this week. From 4am Saturday 10th Oct, if you arrive from those islands, you will NO LONGER need to self-isolate. Why they could not just say from now I have no idea!

Despite there being a number of countries that were well in the red zone, they all escaped! The reasons behind this are unknown. I can see two reasons – firstly the only countries left nearly all require us to have a test on entry or before, which will put most people off. Or they have finally had a look at our own numbers and realised they are being highly hypocritical. The government claimed it was safe not to shut the borders earlier in the year as cases were so high it would have made no difference. The government also said that they would allow travel corridors with countries with similar or lower levels of COVID. Well, now that it is pretty much every other country in the world sadly. Have a look at the latest comparison.

 

The government have said they will set up a task force to look at testing instead of quarantine. I personally think in the meantime they need to redefine their strategy since they seem to have abandoned what they previously said. 

 

Testing requirements for Italy

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This means Italy does not require quarantine. However, we are now starting to see more and more requirements on the UK to enter other countries. Italy has just introduced a new policy.

  • A negative COVID test is required when you arrive in Italy from the UK. You’ll be asked to show evidence that you tested negative in a test administered in the 72 hours before your travel.
  • You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
  • Alternatively, you can get a free test on arrival at some airports, or at a testing facility in Italy shortly after you arrive. If you test positive within Italy, you will be required to quarantine. The time spent in quarantine can vary greatly from a few days to several weeks. I would advise strongly against waiting until arrival as they will not let you out of quarantine until you test negative. This can be weeks – there are a trio of Brits who were working in Italy that tested positive. They are still in quarantine after 2 months as they keep testing positive. Despite the fact it is obvious they are not infectious, they refuse to release them.
  • The same testing requirement is in place for all people entering Italy from Spain, France, Greece, Croatia, Malta, the Netherlands, Belgium and the Czech Republic.
  • Additionally, if you have stayed in or transited through a small number of listed countries in the 14 days prior to entering Italy, you’ll need to self-isolate for 14 days on entering Italy. If you cannot do that for any reason, then entry to Italy may be refused.
  • You should download and complete a self-declaration from the Ministry of Interior before you travel to Italy.

You can read my article on COVID testing here but I will be updating next week when I have had my own test. If you would like to add your own comments on testing services you have used please drop a comment below or email me on [email protected] Two London clinics that offer a fast turn around at less than 48 hours are The Hale Clinic and Vivo. I am booked to try Vivo next week. 

British Airways also offers a discount on COVID tests with two partners which you can find more about here.