Travel latest news: D-Day for Ireland, Denmark and Slovenia as quarantine decision looms

Rising case rates in Ireland, Denmark and Slovenia could see the three countries removed from the UK's quarantine-free travel list today. The Government reviews its controversial policy every Thursday, with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announcing any changes to the list of approved travel corridors at 5pm on Twitter. Denmark, where the seven-day Covid case rate has reached 38.4 per 100,000 residents (higher than the UK figure of 32.6), appears most at risk, but holidaymakers in Slovenia, where the rate is 31, should also be on high alert. Ireland, where it is 30.3, could also be removed, although it is already forcing any UK arrivals to self-isolate for two weeks so few British holidaymakers are likely to be in the country right now.  When a nation is removed from the travel corridors list, Britons are given until 4am the following Saturday to return to UK soil or face a 14-day quarantine.  As a rule of thumb, the Government gets nervous when a country's seven-day case rate exceeds 20 per 100,000. However, with the UK rate rising above that in recent weeks, it appears to be showing a little more leniency.  Italy is one of the few key holiday destinations to have held onto its quarantine-free status. Its rate is currently 16.3, so it looks safe for another week.  Scroll down for the latest travel updates. Auto update On Off 9:40AM 'We felt safer on a Scottish cruise than going to a supermarket'  A couple who haven’t even visited a supermarket since the start of lockdown six months ago decided to go on a Scottish cruise with seven people they hadn’t met. Why? Charlie and Wendy McNicoll, both 66, have been very cautious over coronavirus. Their only outing has been to a post office to return a parcel – they did all their food shopping online. But they felt confident booking one of the first post-lockdown cruises with small-ship company The Majestic Line. “We love boats and we love Scotland. I’m Scottish and it’s always a pleasure to come back to your roots"  Credit: Dave Monk Speaking on board Glen Shiel, Mrs McNicoll said: “We were concerned about the Covid situation and wondering if we should go but we knew the managing director, Ken Grant, is an epidemiologist so we thought it would be OK. It was a smaller ship with fewer people and the passengers were just from the UK.” Her husband added: “There was a little trepidation, actually, but we weren’t too worried, we were quite excited. The excitement overcame the slight trepidation, and I’m glad it did." Read Dave Monk's full report here. 9:28AM Holiday quarantine: Which country will be removed from the 'green list' next? Normally, a destination is removed from the travel corridor list when it crosses the threshold of more than 20 cases per 100k. The UK Government reviews its policy every Thursday, with destinations usually removed from 4am on a Saturday morning. Take a look at the numbers below to see which country could be removed next.  Find out more about the likely contenders here. 9:22AM What happened yesterday? Tui agrees to refund customers by end of September Dozens of countries ease restrictions ahead of winter sun holidays Airlines have escaped fines for breaking UK law for 17 years, says Which? G20 leaders to consider international plan for airport virus testing  Thomas Cook launched as online online tour operator  BA boss tells Transport Select Committee: 'We're still fighting for our survival' More updates to follow.

Travel latest news: D-Day for Ireland, Denmark and Slovenia as quarantine decision looms

Rising case rates in Ireland, Denmark and Slovenia could see the three countries removed from the UK's quarantine-free travel list today.

The Government reviews its controversial policy every Thursday, with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announcing any changes to the list of approved travel corridors at 5pm on Twitter.

Denmark, where the seven-day Covid case rate has reached 38.4 per 100,000 residents (higher than the UK figure of 32.6), appears most at risk, but holidaymakers in Slovenia, where the rate is 31, should also be on high alert. Ireland, where it is 30.3, could also be removed, although it is already forcing any UK arrivals to self-isolate for two weeks so few British holidaymakers are likely to be in the country right now. 

When a nation is removed from the travel corridors list, Britons are given until 4am the following Saturday to return to UK soil or face a 14-day quarantine. 

As a rule of thumb, the Government gets nervous when a country's seven-day case rate exceeds 20 per 100,000. However, with the UK rate rising above that in recent weeks, it appears to be showing a little more leniency. 

Italy is one of the few key holiday destinations to have held onto its quarantine-free status. Its rate is currently 16.3, so it looks safe for another week. 

Scroll down for the latest travel updates.

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'We felt safer on a Scottish cruise than going to a supermarket' 

A couple who haven’t even visited a supermarket since the start of lockdown six months ago decided to go on a Scottish cruise with seven people they hadn’t met. Why?

Charlie and Wendy McNicoll, both 66, have been very cautious over coronavirus. Their only outing has been to a post office to return a parcel – they did all their food shopping online.

But they felt confident booking one of the first post-lockdown cruises with small-ship company The Majestic Line.

“We love boats and we love Scotland. I’m Scottish and it’s always a pleasure to come back to your roots"  Credit: Dave Monk

Speaking on board Glen Shiel, Mrs McNicoll said: “We were concerned about the Covid situation and wondering if we should go but we knew the managing director, Ken Grant, is an epidemiologist so we thought it would be OK. It was a smaller ship with fewer people and the passengers were just from the UK.”

Her husband added: “There was a little trepidation, actually, but we weren’t too worried, we were quite excited. The excitement overcame the slight trepidation, and I’m glad it did."

Read Dave Monk's full report here.

Holiday quarantine: Which country will be removed from the 'green list' next?

Normally, a destination is removed from the travel corridor list when it crosses the threshold of more than 20 cases per 100k. The UK Government reviews its policy every Thursday, with destinations usually removed from 4am on a Saturday morning.

Take a look at the numbers below to see which country could be removed next.

What happened yesterday?

  • Tui agrees to refund customers by end of September
  • Dozens of countries ease restrictions ahead of winter sun holidays
  • Airlines have escaped fines for breaking UK law for 17 years, says Which?
  • G20 leaders to consider international plan for airport virus testing 
  • Thomas Cook launched as online online tour operator 
  • BA boss tells Transport Select Committee: 'We're still fighting for our survival'

More updates to follow.