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UK Government Removes Italy From Safe Travel List

The Vatican City and San Marino also lose their safe destination status.

15th October, 2020 - Transport secretary Grant Shapps confirms the widely expected move via Twitter, "TRAVEL CORRIDOR UPDATE: We are REMOVING ITALY, Vatican City state & San Marino from the #TravelCorridor list. However, note that the implementation date is moved to 4am on SUNDAY 18 October & applies UK wide, if you arrive from these destinations you will need to self-isolate."

In a departure from the usual implementation of changes to corridors, the new rules will apply from 4am on Sunday, October 18, rather than the same time on Saturday. The transport secretary also confirmed it was a UK-wide policy.

Italy, one of the most visited countries in the world, was one of the last major countries in Europe on the safe list. However, its daily total of new Covid cases has risen to nearly 9,000 on Thursday, October 15th and the country has recorded a seven-day rate of 64 cases per 100,000 people. This compares to the 20 cases per 100,000 threshold above which the UK government considers imposing quarantine conditions.


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