Sweden and Italy are facing disruption as the quarantine decision approaches

MEuropean countries appear ready to join the UK’s quarantine list later today, which could leave Britons with one holiday option free of restrictions: Gibraltar.

Both Italy and Sweden appear to be on the verge of losing their travel lanes after infection rates soared.

The number of Italian cases rose in the past week, and now stands at 28.5 per 100,000 people (last Thursday hovering over the UK government’s “safe” threshold of 20), while the rate in Sweden is currently 36 per 100,000 people.

Both countries were in the crossfire this time last week, but escaped quarantine restrictions as Turkey and Poland were re-placed on the “red list” of countries from which those entering the UK must self-isolate for 14 days.

Meanwhile, Greece, which remains open to the British with the exception of seven islands, is set to update its quarantine list this morning. With the UK now burdening at 126 cases per 100,000, it appears likely that the Greek government will institute new travel restrictions.

Germany has already added Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and large parts of northern England to the list of high-risk destinations.

Grant Shapps will announce changes to the UK’s quarantine list later today in its Weekly Travel Corridor update.

However, yesterday’s announcement by the Minister of Transport that a global travel task force will be set up to explore the possibility of testing the airport to reduce the quarantine period may see many of the countries on the Red List reopen to vacationers in the United Kingdom.

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