England’s quarantine-free list of places published

Clay Curtis
July 4, 2020

The destinations are likely to include Spain and Italy.

Countries including Greece, Spain, France and Belgium are on the list, which comes into effect from 10 July.

Travellers from Thailand arriving in England will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days, according to revised guidelines.

In forming its list of countries published on Friday, DfT has said risk assessments were carried out by the Joint Biosecurity Centre in consultation with Public Health England and the chief medical officer, taking account of the Covid-19 rates in each country.

The UK government has issued a list of 59 destinations whose travellers are exempted from quarantine on arrival.

The World Travel and Tourism Council also welcomed the decision - albeit cautiously - saying that though the industry has been eagerly awaiting the news, "there has been a disappointing lack of co-ordination to ensure the same rules apply at the same time across the whole of the UK", CEO Gloria Guevara said.

But he stressed that the government could re-impose quarantine restrictions "in countries we are reconnecting with".

On Friday, the Foreign Office updated its advice against all but essential overseas travel for all of the 74 countries and territories.

"Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation".

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Shapps said the changes are "good news for British people and great news for British businesses".

Australia, New Zealand and Japan are included, as are Caribbean tourist destinations such as the Bahamas and Barbados, but popular holiday destination Portugal was not on the list.

"It is based on a range of factors including epidemiological risks, capacity of local healthcare systems, transport options and law and order".

The exemptions from self-isolation apply to all modes of worldwide transport, including sea and global rail routes as well as flights.

People resident in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not part of the scheme because the UK Government was unable to convince the devolved administrations to sign off on the plan before it was made public.

"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".

Now the lifting of quarantine rules applies to England only.

Sturgeon, who indicated it was "very likely" her government would agree to lift Scotland's quarantine for travellers arriving from low-risk countries on the air bridge list in the coming days, added: "Just to illustrate the point (on) the shifting sands of the United Kingdom tovernment's position - the list of countries that they were yesterday demanding that the Scottish government sign up to, and suggesting we were a barrier to getting an agreement on, is not the same as the list they have shared with us today".

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