Israel removed from UK travel quarantine list as travel corridors updated
The city of Jerusalem has been added to the travel corridors list – but occupied Palestinian territories are not (Image: Daily Mirror)
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Travellers returning from Israel will no longer have to quarantine, after changes to Covid-19 travel rules.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed Israel, Jerusalem, Namibia, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Bonaire, St Eustatius & Saba, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands had been added to the list of 'travel corridors'.
That means exempt from quarantine rules in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, under which travellers have to stay indoors for 14 days.
The changes will take place from 4am on Saturday 21st November.
No countries have been removed from the list this week.
The travel corridor applies for Israel in its entirety, and Jerusalem in its entirety.
For the Occupied Palestinian Territories, only East Jerusalem is included in the Travel Corridor.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps
(Image: NurPhoto/PA Images)
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The remainder of the Occupied Palestinian Territories are not included.
England remains in Coronavirus lockdown, meaning all but essential international travel is banned.
People breaking the rules face penalties starting at £200 and rising to a maximum of £6,400.
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But these restrictions are due to end on December 2, so unless tougher rules are re-introduced afterwards, it may be possible to enjoy a Christmas break in any of the above destinations.
The Foreign Office also updated its guidance to remove advice to avoid against all but essential travel to the destinations.