PUBLISHED: 08:29, Fri, Oct 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:42, Fri, Oct 2, 2020
British holidaymakers have been left devastated after the popular destination of Turkey was removed from the UK’s travel corridor list. Poland along with the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba) were also axed from the ‘safe’ list. The announcement was revealed on Twitter by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps yesterday evening.
He tweeted: “TRAVEL CORRIDOR UPDATE: The latest data indicates we need to remove Turkey, Poland, and Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba from the #TravelCorridor list this week.
“This means if you arrive from these destinations from 4am Saturday 3 October, you will need to self-isolate.”
He warned Britons that those who do not self-isolate for 14 days from a non-exempt country could be fined up to £10,000.
He also reminded travellers that they must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before returning to the UK.
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He added: “Do your bit to help keep everyone safe.”
Poland’s removal from the quarantine exemption list was expected after the recorded an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Mr Shapps explained: “Data from Poland shows that test positivity has nearly doubled increasing from 3.9 percent to 5.8 percent alongside a rapid increase in weekly cases, causing the Joint Biosecurity Centre to update their recommendation.”
Poland also recorded 24.4 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
This is above the UK’s threshold of 20 cases which is when the UK considers adding a country to the quarantine list.
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However, Turkey’s removal was more surprising, leaving many Britons sorely disappointed.
But Mr Shapps explained that the reasoning behind the difficult decision was to do with how Turkey were recording their coronavirus cases.
He added: “We're also removing TURKEY from the list - the Turkish Health