When will quarantine be lifted in Spain, France and Portugal?

THE UK recently added France to the quarantine list, along with countries including Spain, Malta and Belgium.

The popular holiday hotspots have seen rising cases of coronavirus in recent weeks, leading to them being removed from the UK's safe list.

Using data from the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), countries which see more than 20 new daily cases per 100,000 population, over a seven day period, will face travel restrictions.

ECDC's data over a seven-day period put France and Spain over 20, at 80.1 and 25.5, respectively, while Portugal is under at 14.6.

Unless they can reduce this number, they are like to remain off the safe travel list.

Here is what you need to know about each country, and when it will be removed from the quarantine list.


 

When will Portugal be removed from the UK quarantine list?

Portugal has been on the UK travel quarantine list since the air bridge announcement in June, after the spike in cases in Lisbon led to it being excluded.

Cases in the country are lower than France and Spain, with a total of 54,448, and daily new cases have remained under 400 since July 12.

There are hopes that the country could be removed by the end of August, with discussions to take place this week, according to PC Agency's Paul Charles.

He wrote on Twitter: "#Portugal will be discussed @transportgovuk review tomorrow. But still unlikely to be actually removed from the quarantine list until next week at earliest. Its numbers are still not consistently falling."

The Portuguese islands of Madeira is not on the travel advisory list, unlike mainland Portugal, but holidaymakers still require a two week quarantine when returning to the UK.

When will Spain be removed from the UK quarantine list?

Spain is also unlikely to be removed from the UK quarantine list any time soon, as cases continue to climb in number.

Spain's total coronavirus infections of 384,270 has been steadily rising since July, when tourists were welcomed back to the country including Brits.

On August 15, new daily infections hit 6,196 – the highest since March 26.

Until infections begin to reduce, the country won't be removed from the quarantine list.

The travel ban includes the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands as well, who have been enforcing a number of new coronavirus restrictions to slow the spread of the virus.

Public smoking has been banned, along with pool parties, and some beaches and bars now have curfews in place – hotels and bars are closing altogether in some destinations such as Majorca.


When will France be removed from the UK quarantine list?

The latest country to be added to the quarantine list, France's coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Total cases have hit 221,267 while new daily cases have spiked as high as 3,310 last week, the highest since May.

The country was added along with Malta and the Netherlands on August 15, leading to a rush of tourists attempting to return to the UK before it was enforced at 4am.

Discussions for the country being removed from the travel ban list are unlikely to happen any time soon, as cases rise and it still being deemed a risky country.

Brits who need to return home from other countries through France, only if they use the Eurotunnel and drive through France without leaving their car.

Croatia and Turkey may be the next to be added to the quarantine list, as cases also rise in the holiday hotspots.

Turkey recorded its highest daily number of cases since June, with 1,256 positive tests and 21 deaths in the past 24 hours – although the rise in cases is broadly in line with increased testing, with Turkey carrying out more than 70,000 a day.

The government is being urged to look at alternatives to the two-week quarantine, such as a five-day model used by Iceland.

Airport coronavirus tests could replace the 14-day quarantines when travelling from 'red list' countries, as Heathrow Airport to trial £150 swabs.

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