Government ministers have scrapped quarantine rules and given the green light to foreign holidays like trips to France. Quarantine requirements to
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.
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.
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.