Denmark, Iceland and Slovakia will be put on the government's red list of travel quarantine as Transport Minister Grant Shapps says no country restrictions will be lifted this week
- Grant Shapps said Denmark, Iceland and Slovakia would all be on the "red list".
- Mr Shapps also said the Caribbean island of Curacao is now being quarantined
- The transport minister said no countries would be removed from the "red list" this week
Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced tonight that Denmark is one of four countries to be placed on the government's red list of travel quarantine this weekend.
Arrivals from Iceland, Slovakia and the Caribbean island of Curacao will also be restricted again after all coronavirus cases have increased.
Travelers returning to England from these destinations must be quarantined for 14 days after their return.
The new rules come into effect on Saturday morning at 4 a.m.
Mr Shapps also said no countries will be removed from the "red list" this week.
The decentralized administrations often update their own lists after the UK government announces its weekly changes for England.
Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced today that Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curacao will be placed on the government's red list of travel quarantine.
Mr Shapps reminded travelers that they are required by law to fill out a "Passenger Location Form" on their return to England.
Announcing the changes, Mr Shapps tweeted: “Data shows we need to remove DENMARK, SLOVAKIA, ICELAND and CURACAO from the list of travel corridors.
“If you come to the UK from these destinations after 4am this Saturday, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
& # 39; We won't be adding any destinations to the list of travel corridors this week.
& # 39; Remember, if you are entering the UK you MUST be legally required to complete a passenger search form.
"This protects public health and ensures that those who have to do so comply with the rules of self-isolation."
The UK government currently uses a threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 when deciding whether to add or remove countries from its quarantine list.
Downing Street remains under heavy pressure to change UK quarantine rules amid mounting fears for the future of the aviation and travel industries.
Ministers have been urged for months to replace the current 14-day self-isolation restrictions on people returning to the UK from high-risk countries with a more sophisticated system of airport tests.
Proponents believe tests on arrival could open the door to cut the two-week quarantine period to potentially less than seven days.
A dual testing approach would test travelers upon arrival and then ask to self-isolate for about five days when tested a second time.
Two negative tests would be enough to allow people to end their quarantine period and return to normal life.
Ministers were reluctant to approve airport tests, however, amid concerns that the approach might fail to identify some people with the virus.
This is due to the time it can take for the virus to be detectable after the time of infection.
However, many MPs believe that the current blanket approach to quarantining travel cannot last long due to the damage it is doing to the aviation sector.