Travellers arriving within the UK going into quarantine have been capable of declare that they had come from international locations that now not exist – together with the united states and East Germany.
The House Workplace admitted it used the flawed listing of nations for a web-based system anybody coming to Britain should full inside 48 hours of their journey.
Choices within the pre-written listing of locations included Yugoslavia, which dissolved within the early 1990s, Southern Rhodesia in southern Africa and the Netherlands Antilles within the Caribbean.
Among the international locations haven’t existed for many years, and should elevate questions concerning the readiness of the brand new system to make sure these arriving within the UK self-isolate for 2 weeks as required.
A authorities spokesperson stated it was “working to replace” the system which mistakenly “used a listing of attainable international locations the place individuals may have been born”.
They added it might be fastened “as quickly as attainable” and till then “all arrivals ought to proceed utilizing the shape given that every one international locations are nonetheless included”.
A number of unimpressed Twitter customers skilled the issue.
“I simply had to do that to see if it was true,” one wrote. “The drop down field in your nation of residence is updated, however this one is hilariously outdated.
“Aside from the DDR and USSR, it contains Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Burma.”
One other lamented the mishap-prone former transport secretary: “Is Chris Grayling sorting this out?”
Whereas a 3rd joked: “Might be for individuals travelling into the UK by time machine?”
The quarantine system was launched simply over every week in the past.
Some have complained it got here into drive too late, months after Britons have been advised to enter lockdown.
Others are campaigning for it to be scrapped or curtailed to assist the tourism and aviation industries.
A spokesman for the prime minister stated on Monday that “no fines have been issued” to anybody for breaking the quarantine guidelines.