Holidays on the brink: Switzerland to be next on quarantine list as it hits ‘red zone’

Holidays abroad have remained uncertain this year with international travel to and from certain countries hanging in the balance. Currently, the travel corridor list is being reviewed on a weekly basis. The government is set to assess the UK’s quarantine exemption list on Thursday which could see more countries removed.

The UK government is using data from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) to decide whether countries remain exempt from the quarantine list.

Countries which report more than 20 cases per 100,000 people in a week, could be added to the quarantine list.

This means that Britons will have to isolate for 14 days when they arrive back in the UK from that country.

Last week, Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago were axed from the safe list after recording a surge in cases.

And now, Switzerland is under the spotlight after recording a heightened case rate.

CEO of the travel consultancy, The PC Agency and former BBC News Presenter Paul Charles revealed who could be next to be added to the quarantine list on Twitter.

Mr Charles has been posting daily updates on countries’ case rates.

He tweeted today: “Monday update: Bad news for #Switzerland, now in the red zone for quarantine to be applied.

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“Good news for #Italy and #Turkey which are still low in the green zone, despite rising cases.

“They are highly unlikely to be added to quarantine list this week.”

Switzerland’s seven-day coronavirus case rate is 20.7 cases per 100,000, according to the latest data.

The country also saw new cases climb above 300-a-day twice last week which is a four-month record.

Scotland has already removed Switzerland from its safe list.

The rest of the UK could follow suit later this week.

Greece is also being scrutinised this week after recording more cases.

However, its case rate per 100,000 people still remains below 20 at 14.8 cases per 100,000.

It comes as more than more than 90,000 travel jobs were lost or placed at risk since the coronavirus crisis started, according to the association of travel agents ABTA.

A survey of ABTA members, published on Monday, found that 18 percent of jobs in outbound travel had already been lost or placed at risk.

But reportedly 78 percent of businesses yet to enter redundancy conversations were expecting to do so in coming months based on current trading conditions.

ABTA is calling on the government to adopt a “regionalised” approach to quarantine rules and use the Autumn Budget to announce an air passenger duty holiday covering summer 2021 to incentivise people to book holidays.

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