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UK Government Discontinues Travel Corridor Between UK And Portugal

Posted by: Gherson Immigration

Arrivals from Portugal will now need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival

After just three weeks, Portugal has been removed from the quarantine exemption list, with those entering the UK now needing to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. The changes were announced on Thursday 10 September 2020 and came into effect at 4:00 am, Saturday 12 September. 

However, the UK government has continued their efforts to move towards a more regionalised approach to categorising travel destination safety, with the islands of Madeira and the Azores remaining quarantine-exempt.

The UK government had come under increasing pressure throughout July and August to designate the country as safe and not requiring returning travelers to self-isolate, since at the time the rate of infection was much lower than the UK. However, on Wednesday 9 September 2020, Portugal reported its highest daily total since April, with 646 new cases. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has now advised against all but essential travel to the country in its updated travel advice.

How does the government choose where goes on the list?

The Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) work with the chief medical officers of each UK nation to determine which countries should be on the list. Typically, the threshold at which a country is put on the list is when 20 in every 100,000 are infected over seven days. However, other factors are also taken into account, explaining why Scotland and Wales had both already removed Portugal from their own travel corridor lists the week before England did so.

Gherson continues to monitor any updates closely. The information published in this blog is accurate at the time of posting and may change. Please continue to visit our website for further updates.

The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please don’t hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.

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