Government ministers have scrapped quarantine rules and given the green light to foreign holidays like trips to France. Quarantine requirements to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to the UK will be scrapped for a slew of popular destinations.
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Trips to France are among those given the go ahead, as well as Greece and Spain.
The government will revise the quarantine measures at Monday’s review.
Instead of the strict quarantine rules there will be a traffic light system.
Countries will be put in green, amber and red categories based on the prevalence of coronavirus within each.
Only Britons coming home from red countries will have to self-isolate for two weeks.
However, travellers the Government said the changes would provide a “vital lifeline for UK travel operators and those whose jobs rely on the travel industry”.
A government spokeswoman said: “Our public health measures at the border were put in place to manage the risk of imported cases and help prevent a second wave of the virus, and will continue to support our fight against coronavirus.
“Our new risk-assessment system will enable us to carefully open a number of safe travel routes around the world – giving people the opportunity for a summer holiday abroad and boosting the UK economy through tourism and business.
“But we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if any risks re-emerge, and this system will enable us to take swift action to reintroduce self-isolation measures if new outbreaks occur overseas.”
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Government sources said all passengers will be required by law to wear face coverings on planes and ferries to protect others.
The Foreign Office is also set to change its travel advice warning against all but essential travel, with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab agreeing to lift the warning for countries and territories where the public health risk is no longer “unacceptably high”, according to a spokesman for the cabinet minister.
The quarantine measures have come in for heavy criticism since they were brought in this month.
Since June 8, all passengers – bar a handful of exemptions – have been required to go into self-isolation for 14 days at a declared address when they arrive in the UK.
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People who fail to comply can be fined £1,000 in England, and police are allowed to use “reasonable force” to make sure they follow the rules.
In other travel news likely to be less positive for most, Jet2 Airline has axed more holidays and flights.
The popular budget airline has pushed back its restart date from July 1 until July 15.
The carrier told Mirror Online that due to the “ongoing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis” there will be less routes on sale and fewer flights over the summer.
The airline said it will not be operating flights to a variety of popular holiday destinations.
It has been recently revealed holidays to Italy will be except from quarantine rules too.
Italy opened its borders on June 3 to everyone from the EU, the UK and the Schengen area.
Visitors from the UK will also not be expected to quarantine for 14 days.
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