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COVID-19 quarantine list update: Israel, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Namibia and Rwanda made exempt from isolation rules

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Travellers arriving in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from five more countries will soon no longer have to quarantine.

Those coming from Israel, Uruguay, Namibia, Rwanda and Sri Lanka will not need to isolate for 14 days upon arrival in the country.

The changes come into effect from 4am on Saturday, as part of the weekly update to so-called “travel corridors”.

Also exempt will be travellers arriving from Jerusalem, Bonaire, the US Virgin Islands, Sint Eustatius and Saba, as well as the Northern Mariana Islands.

No countries have been added to the quarantine lists today, though Scotland is yet to announce its updates.Advertisement

The UK government, which is responsible for England, and three other devolved administrations across the remaining nations are in charge of their own quarantine lists.

They often meet to discuss what the weekly changes should be and sometimes make the same or similar decisions on which countries to add or remove.

Although the restrictions for some travellers are being eased, anyone arriving in England will still have to follow the “stay at home” rules for the rest of the second national lockdown, ending on 2 December.