What changes are being made to travel rules and where can you visit?

3 July 2020, 06:40

Brits will be able to visit certain countries with no quarantine requirement
Brits will be able to visit certain countries with no quarantine requirement. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Travellers coming into England from "low-risk countries" will be exempt from the Government's 14-day coronavirus quarantine.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to announce exactly which countries are exempt from the two-week self-isolation requirement for inbound tourists.

It is also believed officials will change Foreign Office guidance advising against all non-essential travel, allowing people to take summer holidays without impacting on their insurance policies.

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What will be announced on Friday?

Transport secretary Grant Shapps will announce the lifting of the quarantine policy for passengers arriving in England from countries such as Spain, France, Italy and Germany from July 10, with other countries due to form part of this list.

Meanwhile, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will set out exemptions for a number of destinations from its global advisory against "all but essential" international travel which will come into force on Saturday.

How will these announcements impact on travel?

The quarantine policy will mean that people either returning to or visiting England from the listed countries will not need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

The Government has said there is an "expectation" that exempted countries will also not require arrivals from the UK to self-isolate.

Officials "continues to work closely with international partners around the world to discuss arrangements for travellers arriving from the UK," the Government said.

And what will the FCO advice change mean?

The FCO's announcement will mean that people can travel to a number of destinations overseas with regular travel insurance policies.

What about Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

The Department for Transport said the devolved administrations "will set out their own approach".

This means passengers arriving in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland "should ensure they follow the laws and guidance which applies there".

Could this advice change?

Exempted countries and territories will be constantly reviewed and self-isolation measures could be reintroduced in future, the Government said.

The current list follows a risk assessment from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England which has looked at the prevalence of Covid-19 and numbers of new cases.

What has the Government said?

Mr 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."

What are the rules on quarantine?

Since June 8, all passengers, bar a handful of exemptions, have been required to go into self-isolation for 14 days when they arrive in the UK.

People who fail to comply can be fined £1,000 in England, and police are allowed to use "reasonable force" to make sure they follow the rules.

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