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18/01/2021

UK is cut off from the rest of the world.

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Travel to 40 countries from the UK has been banned or limited due to a surge in new cases caused by a new strain of the virus.

Land and Sea

Trade between the UK and Europe has been halted due to a new strain of virus that the South-East of England has seen. Folkestone and Dover border crossing has been closed for all transport from the UK to France. Today (Tuesday 22/12/20) French authorities will announce their plans on emergency measures put in place to allow the flow of trade to resume. 

Effects on the economy are undoubtedly severe. Supermarkets have empty shelves in the meat section and it is arguably the worst time of the year for this to happen. This is another blow to the employment/economy/progress but lets not forget that all these drivers want to leave the UK and head over to their families for Christmas. It makes no difference what papers they present, the travel has been restricted and there are no circumstances under which they can cross the border.

If testing for COVID-19 will become mandatory for those waiting in line they are almost guaranteed to not make it in time for Christmas. 

Air Travel

Travelling for Great Britain:

France – banned,

Germany – banned,

Belgium – banned,

Netherlands – banned,

Spain – banned,

Ireland – banned,

Switzerland – banned

Ireland – banned / restricted

Italy – banned,

Russia – banned,

Austria – banned, 

Denmark – banned

Sweden – banned,

Norway – banned,

Croatia – banned,

Bulgaria – banned,

Malta – banned,

Finland – banned, 

Poland – banned,

Portugal – banned,

Hungary – banned,

Czech Republic – banned,

Slovakia – banned,

North Macedonia – banned.

Those are only European destinations, a full list can be found here.

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