UK to ditch travel quarantine for 75 countries

The British government will effectively ditch its air bridge plans and simply end the coronavirus quarantine rules for those arriving from 75 countries so that people can go on holiday, The Daily Telegraph reported. According to the outlet, the ban on non-essential travel will be lifted for nearly all EU destinations, the British territories including Bermuda and Gibraltar, as well as Turkey, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

The announcement comes almost a week after Britain said it would ditch a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving from countries such as France, Greece and Spain, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has been grappling with how to open up international travel.

Simon Clarke, a junior housing, communities and local government minister, said then that the government was working on an announcement on travel.

“We will provide this announcement as soon as it is safe,” Clarke told Sky. “We will be talking further about this this week.”

“Clearly we want to get the tourism sector back on its feet as quickly as we can and I’m sure that we will be able to give good news in the near future,” he said.

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