UK reimposes quarantine on travellers from Sweden

UK reimposes quarantine on travellers from Sweden
London Heathrow Airport in June. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Dunham
Anyone travelling from Sweden to the UK will again be required to quarantine for 14 days from Saturday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday evening.

Sweden and Germany are to be removed from the UK's list of travel corridors – countries that are exempt from the 14-day self-quarantine rules that apply to other international travellers – at 4am on November 7th.

It's important to note that large parts of the UK are under strict lockdowns at the moment, so even if you are travelling from a country on the list of travel corridors, you may still have to follow strict coronavirus restrictions.

If you arrive before 4am on Saturday, you will not need to self-isolate unless you have been to another country not exempt from the quarantine rules in the past 14 days. But you will still have to follow any lockdown rules.

Although many had been anticipating this amid rising cases of coronavirus in Sweden, the news that it will no longer be included among the exempted countries puts any plans to go home for Christmas at risk for Brits.

Many may already have made the decision not to travel to the UK for the holidays, for a variety of pandemic-related reasons – indeed, many foreigners in Sweden have seen their Christmas plans disrupted this year.

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The UK added Sweden to its list of travel corridors in September after months of falling coronavirus cases in the Nordic country.

But infections are again on the rise in Sweden, where another 4,034 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, one of the highest daily totals on record, bringing the total to 141,764 people who have tested positive to date.

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