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Thailand and Singapore added to travel corridor exempt list for England

Christian Fernsby |
Thailand and Singapore added to list of travel corridors for England having been assessed by the Joint Biosecurity Centre as posing a lower infection risk.

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People arriving in England from Slovenia and Guadeloupe from 4am Saturday 19 September will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks as the countries are removed from the travel exemptions list.

Data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England has indicated a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in both destinations, leading to ministers removing these from the current list of travel corridors.

Data from Slovenia shows that the weekly incidence (cases) per 100,000 has increased from 14.4 on 9 September to 29.1 on 16 September. This equates to a 102% increase. There has been a sharp increase in the weekly incidence (case) rate of COVID-19 in Guadeloupe over the past 4 weeks, with a 558% increase in weekly incidence (cases) per 100,000 between 25 August and 15 September.

Thailand and Singapore have been added to the government’s travel corridor list following a decrease in confirmed cases of coronavirus. From 4am Saturday 19 September 2020, passengers arriving to England from these destinations will no longer need to self-isolate, so long as they haven’t been in or transited through any other non-exempt countries in the 14 days preceding their arrival.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice to advise against all but essential travel to Slovenia and Guadeloupe. Singapore and Thailand are already exempt from the FCDO’s global advisory against non-essential travel.

People currently in Slovenia and Guadeloupe are encouraged to follow the local rules and check the FCDO travel advice pages for further information. The government is urging employers to be understanding of those returning from these destinations who now will need to self-isolate.

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