Coronavirus: Travel quarantine rules to relax for some countries
The quarantine lift for some countries could be launched in time for the summer vacation. Photo: Getty
Quarantine rules for visitors coming to the UK will be relaxed in some countries in early July.
British officials are currently in talks with Portugal, France, Italy, Greece and Spain to lift the 14-day quarantine rule.
The government plans to make an announcement on June 29 confirming a number of "travel corridors," reports BBC News.
Currently, anyone arriving in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can be fined GBP 1,000 (USD 1,234.88) if they do not isolate themselves for 14 days.
Anyone arriving from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man does not have to fill out a form or go to quarantine upon arrival in the UK. There are also exceptions for road transport and medical professionals who provide basic care.
However, the government reviews this restriction every three weeks. The first review is due later this month.
If travel corridors are agreed, it means that two people traveling in both directions between two countries do not have to isolate themselves after their trip.
The first travel corridors could enter into force on July 4th.
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While some routes may be exempt, quarantine remains for people arriving from other destinations.
Portugal has already announced that it will welcome visitors from the UK this summer despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Airlines have vigorously criticized the 14-day quarantine rule, claiming that it is exacerbating pressure on the aviation industry and causing major job losses.
Yesterday, Irish airline Aer Lingus (IAG.L) announced plans to cut 500 jobs, with quarantine cited as a mitigating factor.
The current rules mean that people who come to the UK cannot use public transport, go to work, school or public areas or have visitors - except for essential support. They are also not allowed to go out to buy groceries or other important things that they can rely on.
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