Can I go on holiday to Andorra and will I need to quarantine? Latest coronavirus travel advice08/07/2020
BRITS have been cancelling their holidays since the government removed Spain from its list of quarantine-free destinations.
But the list of travel corridors is ever changing, with a further three nations – including Andorra – to be removed from the list of safe spots on Saturday (August 8, 2020).
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Is it safe to travel to Andorra?
Andorra has been added to the 14-day quarantine list after a rise in cases amid fears of a second wave in Europe.
The changes will come into effect from 4am on Saturday, August 8, 2020.
UK officials have removed the small European nation, along with Belgium and the Bahamas, from the list of safe countries – meaning another devastating blow for Brits' summer holiday hopes.
Will I need to quarantine?
People travelling to and from the UK from Andorra will be forced to quarantine for two weeks in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted: "Data shows we need to remove Andorra, Belgium and The Bahamas from our list of #coronavirus Travel Corridors in order to keep infection rates DOWN.
“If you arrive in the UK after 0400 Saturday from these destinations, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.”
People in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who do not follow the rules and self isolate could be liable for a fine of up to £1,000.
Those returning to Scotland could be fined £480.
In all nations, fines for persistent offenders could rise up to £5,000.
How many coronavirus cases have there been in Andorra?
The tiny co-principality of Andorra, situated between France and Spain, is traditionally a winter destination favoured by British skiers.
In Andorra, new cases per week have increased five fold since mid-July.
The total number of cases has reached 944 -up by 19 from the week beginning July 31, 2020.
Meanwhile, the death toll remains at 52, with no new COVID fatalities recorded since June 16, 2020.
A government statement said: “Data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England has indicated a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases of coronavirus in all three destinations, leading to ministers removing these from the current list of travel corridors.”
Can I cancel my holiday to Andorra?
If you have a package holiday booked to Andorra you are likley to be entitled to a full refund when the FCO advice changes.
But do not cancel it yourself and wait for your holiday provider to get in contact – otherwise you won't be entitled to compensation.
For hotels and flights booked individually, you will get a refund if the airline cancels the flight, you will be refunded.
If the flight hasn't been cancelled by the airline, you will not be automatically entitled to a refund.
If you have travel insurance, check your policy to see what kind of cover you have.
Each hotel will operate its own policy – so contact your accommodation provider as soon as possible.
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