United Kingdom to open up European holidays from 6 July

Elias Hubbard
June 29, 2020

Britons will be able to go on summer holidays overseas as the government prepares to announce that people travelling to certain countries will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to the UK.

A traffic light system will be operated - with countries classified as green, amber or red depending on virus cases.

Trips to France, Greece and Spain look on the cards after the UK Government confirmed it will revise the quarantine measures at Monday's review.

Only Britons coming home from red countries will have to self-isolate for two weeks.

"Low risk countries in the green and amber categories will be exempt from public health measures at the border", it added.

He added that the government "wouldn't hesitate to put on the brakes" on overseas travel if the situation changed.

The existing quarantine measures have attracted widespread derision since their introduction, with critics suggesting they were brought in too late and applied to some countries where COVID-19 was not as rife as in the UK.

Since June 8, all passengers - bar a handful of exemptions - have been required to go into self-isolation for a fortnight at a declared address when they arrive in the UK.

This measure though has been branded ineffective by airlines who say it will further damage the industries recovery.

The Everyday Telegraph newspaper claimed it comprehended Key Minister Boris Johnson is in talks with Portugal, Greece, and France, amongst other nations around the world, to place air bridges in position.

The 14-working day quarantine will remain for global arrivals from "countries not nonetheless considered to be safe and sound, as very well as necessities for all travellers entering the Uk to source their contact information", it added.

A full list of the low risk countries in the green and amber categories, where people will be able to enter the United Kingdom from without being required to self-isolate, is due to be published next week. "And the government gives rules where I can fly in corona times and where I shouldn't fly but still the people decide what they do", he described.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has agreed that official government restrictions on "non-essential travel" will be lifted from 6 July.

- The easing of post-travel rules will come with tighter measures for mask-wearing, with face coverings to be made mandatory by law on planes and ferries, the Government has confirmed.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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