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Cyprus and Lithuania taken off safe travel corridor list

Bernard

Oct. 29, 2020

The government said people arriving from the countries would have to quarantine from Sunday
Two more countries have been taken off the safe travel corridor list, as coronavirus cases rise.
Cyprus and Lithuania have both been removed from the list , meaning people returning from those countries will now have to quarantine.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the news on Twitter this afternoon.
He said: "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."
The government have previously added some countries to the list, but that week this isn't the case.
Mr Shapps continued: "We are not adding any countries to the list of travel corridors this week."
Cyprus was predicted to lose its quarantine exemption status as due to a case rate of 112, per 100,000 people.
Thomas Cook said it had removed holidays and short breaks to Cyprus from its website following the announcement.
A spokesperson said: "Cyprus has been one of our most popular destinations since our re-launch, and it's a shame holidaymakers will not be to enjoy this beautiful island for the time being.
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"We are in touch with customers who are due to travel to Cyprus in the next couple of weeks, to offer to move their holiday elsewhere or postpone it to a later date. We are also contacting all of our customers already enjoying their holidays in Cyprus to offer our support and advice about what their next steps might be.
"If any other customers who have booked a holiday to Cyprus want to discuss their options, please give us a call or drop us a chat and our team will be happy to help."
There were also fears that Germany could also be removed from the safe list, after cases continued to rise there.
Some 14,964 coronavirus cases were reported in Germany on Tuesday, which was the highest daily total since May.
That brought the country's seven-day rate of cases per 100,000 people to 101, up from 56 a week ago.
But the country remains on the quarantine exemption list for now.
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