Caribbean News Digital Writing
Those arriving in England from Italy, San Marino and the Vatican will have to self-isolate for 14 days, starting this week, as those nations have been removed from the UK’s safe quarantine list.
Data indicates that weekly cases and test positivity are increasing in Italy and ministers have made the decision to remove the destinations. However, the Greek island of Crete has been added to the list of travel corridors following the decline in confirmed coronavirus cases.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice to discourage all non-essential travel to Italy and San Marino. The island of Crete is now exempt from global advice against nonessential travel.
The penalties for those who violate the self-isolation rules when returning from non-exempt countries have increased from £ 1,000 for the first offense to £ 10,000 for subsequent offenses.
The decision to remove Italy, in particular, from the safety list has been met with dismay in the travel industry, as it was one of the top free tourist destinations still offered to British travelers. Italian authorities also expressed concern about what the decision could mean for the local tourism sector.