Citizens of Hungary, French Polynesia, Reunion and Portugal, (except Madeira and the Azores) have been removed from England’s safe-countries list. Those reaching the UK from these countries and territories must self-isolate for two weeks upon their arrival in England, starting from Saturday, September 12.
England has announced that the countries mentioned above will also be removed from the travel corridor exemption list, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The decision came after the data published by Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England revealed that the number of Coronavirus infections in Hungary, French Polynesia, Portugal and Reunion had marked an increase lately.
According to the Biosecurity Center’s data, in Portugal, there has been an 81 per cent increase in the number of newly reported cases over the past seven days, while in Hungary there has been a 192 per cent increase in the new COVID-19 cases over the past week.
In French Polynesia, the number of infections rose to 77 per cent, over the past week, while in Reunion, the number of newly reported cases has shown a 231 per cent increase, during the past seven days.
These figures pushed England’s Minister to remove these countries from the safe-countries list, in an effort to stop the further spread of the Coronavirus.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) urged all Britons to avoid non-essential travel to Portugal, French Polynesia, Hungary and Réunion while removing its advice against non-essential travel to Sweden.
All persons who are currently in Hungary, French Polynesia, Reunion and Portugal must follow the local rules and get more information from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
Last month, the United Kingdom imposed two weeks of mandatory quarantine for citizens arriving in the country from the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
Due to a good situation in the country, the UK had decided that direct flights from Portugal would no longer need to follow quarantine rules upon their arrival in the UK; however, the decision has been overthrown amid another increase in the number of infections in the Portuguese territory.