British tourists will not have to undergo quarantine upon return to the UK if they visit countries classified as “lower risk”, including Spain, Italy, France and Germany, Starting next Friday, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps has announced.
“Passengers returning to or visiting the UK from certain destinations will no longer need to be isolated upon arrival from 10 July,” Shapps reported.
Conversely, people who want to enter the United Kingdom after visiting any territory not included in the classification in the last 14 days will have to isolate themselves and provide your contact details upon arrival.
In a statement, the UK Ministry of Transport has specified that the complete list of countries included in this exception will be published throughout this Friday, but has clarified that it is “small”.
In addition, he explained that the decision is based on “a variety of factors” including “the prevalence of coronavirus, the number of new cases, and the potential trajectory of the disease” at the destinations in question.
However, it has warned that exempt countries and territories will be “under constant review” and that if UK public health risks increase, quarantine measures for 14 days may be reintroduced “to help stop the spread of the disease “in the country.
It has also pointed out that The “expectation” of the English Government is that “some” of the exempt countries also do not require quarantine for UK travelers. “This will mean that tourists traveling to and from certain destinations will not need to isolate themselves in any part of their trip,” he said.
The British government revealed the first exemptions to the quarantine regime that affect those arriving from Germany, France, Spain or Italy, which will no longer have to self-isolate from July 10.
But he decided that these exemptions would only apply to arrivals in England and that quarantines would remain mandatory for anyone arriving in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. Violations will be sanctioned with fines.
The UK has been one of the European countries hardest hit by the covid-19 epidemic with at least 44,000 deaths, but the number of cases is declining and has begun to lift restrictions imposed during the three-month confinement.
These restrictions included a quarantine of about 14 days for anyone arriving in the UK, including British residents.
The decision angered airlines and led other countries to opt for similar restrictions, applying the criterion of reciprocity.
The British government hopes that the countries on the exemption list will lift these measures.
“Today marks a new stage in the prudent reopening of our great country,” Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement.
But he specifies that they will not hesitate to reimpose restrictions if the number of cases increases in the countries that are now exempt.
The list that will be published this Friday will include almost 75 states, according to various media.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government was due to make the exemptions public this week, but the announcement was delayed due to friction with the Scottish government, according to some ministers.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland “will apply their own approach to exemptions,” the British government said on Friday.
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