Travel restrictions in the UK, are likely to be relaxed from next week in what is being seen as a major boost to the hospitality sector.
This move has been welcomed by the relevant stakeholders in the tourism and travel sector, as the “traffic light” system — with countries classified as green, amber and red depending on the prevalence of coronavirus — is set to be unveiled in coming days.
Starting From July 6th, holidaymakers are likely to be allowed to travel to a number of European countries without having to spend 14-days in quarantine when they return.
The Government is expected to announce next week Britain’s first air bridges with “low-risk” European destinations, including France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany.
According to reports, air bridges will be announced in batches, with the second set of destinations likely to include other European countries such as Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands, and “low-risk” Caribbean islands.
Portugal and Sweden, which have rising rates of Covid-19, are set to be excluded.
A government spokesman said the new rules would give people “the opportunity for a summer holiday abroad” while also boosting the UK economy.
However, ministers stressed the relaxation depended on risks staying low.
UK travellers will still have to hand over the address they plan to stay at on their return from abroad, no matter which country they are coming back from.
They will also be legally required to wear face coverings on planes and ferries.
An ABTA spokesperson welcomed the move: “It is encouraging that the government has concluded its first review of its public health measures at the border, and that passengers arriving from certain destinations will not be required to quarantine.
“Confirmation of the list of countries is eagerly anticipated by the travel industry, and should encourage customers to book.
“The blanket Foreign Office advice against all but essential travel is still a major impediment to travel, however, and we look forward to the Government adopting a similar risk-based approach to that advice.”