There are now just six unrestricted destinations that Brits can travel to following the latest weekly travel corridor review.
Turkey and Poland were swiftly removed on Thursday, while the Caribbean island group of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba has also been removed from the ‘safe list’.
UK residents now have until 4am on Saturday to return back to Britain or face a mandatory two-week quarantine period.
And on top of the latest changes, the government also announced harsher penalties for those who break quarantine after arriving in the UK.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that the fine for flouting the strict rules has now been raised to a maximum of £10,000.
Mr Shapps said data from Poland shows that test positivity has nearly doubled increasing from 3.9 per cent to 5.8 per cent alongside a rapid increase in weekly cases, causing the Joint Biosecurity Centre to update its recommendation.
It is not yet clear what the infection rate is in Turkey, which has also been removed from the list as of 4am on Saturday. However there are concerns that the daily figures collected by the country do not count asymptomatic cases.
However a number of countries have escaped the chop, despite reaching the threshold of 20 cases per 100,000.
The latest update has now left six countries where British travellers can visit without any restrictions, testing or quarantine either side of their journey.
Even one of these destinations – San Marino – is so small they do not have their own international airport, slashing the true number of places Britons can fly to down to just five.
The tiny nation of Lichtenstein, which was previously allowing UK residents to travel freely into the country, has now imposed a 10-day quarantine for those coming from Britian.
And in an announcement on Friday evening, Germany has now revealed travellers from North West England, North East England, Yorkshire and the Humber, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland will now have to quarantine on arrival.
Meaning millions of UK residents now in fact have just four destinations they can freely travel to with no restrictions.
These are the places that travellers from England can fly to with no tests or quarantine either side:
- Mainland Greece plus some Greek islands
- Germany (if not from North West England, North East England, Yorkshire and the Humber, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland)
- San Marino
List correct at time of publishing. Travellers are warned that the situation is fast moving and rules and restrictions can change with little warning.
There are still over 60 countries and territories on the ‘green list’ – where arrivals back into England are not required to self-isolate on return. These include the popular destinations of Cyprus, Barbados and Madeira, however visitors need to take a Covid-19 test or complete a period of self-isolation on arrival.
But many of these have their own restrictions for travellers arriving from the UK – with some completely closed to visitors altogether.
Passengers are also reminded that wherever they travel, they will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form by law when returning the UK.