Portugal is being added to England’s quarantine list, meaning any travellers arriving from there will have to isolate for two weeks from 4am on Saturday.
The restriction will not apply to travellers returning from Madeira and the Azores.
It comes a week after the government made no changes to the so-called “travel corridors” – but Wales and Scotland both took different approaches, sparking anger and confusion from some holidaymakers.
Last Thursday, Wales added Portugal to its quarantine list – but excluded the Azores and Madeira islands – while Scotland took a blanket approach to the whole country.
Some tourists had been expecting England to do the same, cutting short holidays and forking out hundreds of pounds for early flights home, given the coronavirus infection rate was as high as 23 per 100,000 people.
Ministers say countries where the figure is higher than 20 per 100,000 are at risk of being added to the list – but at the start of this week the UK tipped over that threshold itself.
The biggest restrictions since the first COVID-19 lockdown have been announced in response, significantly cutting the maximum number of people able to gather legally.
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Changes have been made to England’s quarantine system too, so now islands can be treated separately from whole countries.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement on Monday, and at the same time added seven Greek islands popular with sun-seeking Britons to the quarantine list.
Source : Sky News