PUBLISHED: 19:05, Thu, Oct 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 19:37, Thu, Oct 29, 2020
Cyprus became the latest country to be axed from the UK travel corridor list following a sudden increase in coronavirus infection rates. Britons currently abroad in Cyprus, returning after Saturday October 31, will face quarantine on their arrival back home.
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps announced the news on Twitter.
He wrote: “TRAVEL CORRIDOR UPDATE: We are REMOVING CYPRUS and LITHUANIA from the #TravelCorridor list.
“From 4am Sunday 1st November, if you arrive into the UK from these destinations you will need to self-isolate.”
It is a sudden U-turn from the summer months when Cyprus was considered a “safe” holiday haven thanks to its fairly low coronavirus rate and its entry requirements for Britons.
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The new quarantine rule could be worrying for holidaymakers who are currently sunning it up in the hotspot.However, one travel expert says rushing home is to beat quarantine could actually end up costing far more than just time spent in isolation.
Noel Josephides of travel agent Sunvil is a Cypriot himself and has been selling holidays to his homeland for 50 years.
When asked if holidaymakers should “rush home” he said: “It is likely to cost them more than staying on to complete their holiday.”
However, he noted that this largely depends on personal circumstance.
“It depends on how much they need to be quarantine-free and probably how easily (or not) they can afford an expensive new return flight home.
“With many working from home, quarantine (especially in this weather) is probably not so bad for the majority of people.”
For those hoping to claim any return flights on their travel insurance, alas, it is likely not going to be so straight forward.
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