The Department for Transport (DfT) says that they are lifting the quarantine policy for travelers coming to England from a low-risk country.
Countries Exempted from Quarantine
However, the countries that are on the exemption list are Spain, France, Italy, and Germany. A complete list of countries that will not have to quarantine for two weeks will be published later on Friday. However, this new measure will come in to effect from July 10.
Moreover, all passengers arriving in England will have to provide their contact details. However, few of the passengers will not have to provide their details who are in certain categories.
Non-essential Travel Begins
Meanwhile, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will exempt a number of countries from its advisory against all non-essential travel. As some countries will be listed in the category of essential travel only since March 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, these changes will come into effect from Saturday. It will allow people to travel to international countries with regular travel insurance policies.
The Department for Transport said the devolved administrations “will set out their own approach.” That means passengers arriving in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland “should ensure they follow the laws and guidelines which apply there”.
The department also mentioned that there has been no confirmed mutual arrangement between England and other countries.
It also stated that the people arriving from other countries that are not on the exemption list requires to self-isolation on arrival in the UK.
In addition, the UK is working closely with other international partners around the world. And discussing arrangements for travelers arriving from the UK. So they do not have to quarantine when they arrive in another country.
Safety Comes First
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said, “Today, marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation.”
“Whether you are a holidaymaker ready to travel abroad or a business eager to open your doors again. This is good news for British people and great news for British businesses.”
In addition, he said, “The entire nation has worked tirelessly to get to this stage. Therefore safety must remain our watchword. We will not hesitate to move quickly to protect ourselves if infection rates rise in countries we are reconnecting with.”
The DfT said the Joint Biosecurity Centre is conducting a risk assessment in consultation with Public Health England and the chief medical officer.
However, this assessment team will consider factors for destinations that still have active coronavirus. The number of new cases and the potential trajectory of the disease.
Changes for industry revival
Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency and member of the Quash Quarantine campaign group, said, “There are still several obstacles to be overcome. Namely ensuring Scotland supports the planned changes, but this is a welcome boost for the travel industry at such a critical time.”
“The traffic light system will bring clarity to holidaymakers and businesses wanting to travel overseas. As well as to travel firms desperate for visibility on what they can offer for this summer and beyond.
“It is remarkably good news that the blanket quarantine restrictions are being lifted from 10th July. And that the changed FCO travel advice will mean we can plan to go away from tomorrow.”
A spokesman for trade association Airlines UK said, “It’s a very welcome announcement and we’re pleased UK airlines will be able to re-start services to many key markets in time for peak summer travel.”
In addition, he said, “This gives a clear path to opening further predominantly long-haul destinations in the weeks ahead. And we look forward to working with ministers on measures to mitigate the risk from red countries such as via voluntary testing.”
“Aviation is vital to our economy. The huge increase in bookings over the past few days proves our customers are keen to get traveling again.”
Dale Keller, chief executive of the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK), said: “The list of exempted countries is what everyone is eagerly waiting for. And what we need is clear and concise requirements following a period of short notice interventions that were often drip-fed through to the industry and public.”