UK makes quarantine rules easier for travelers


(CNN) – The UK government has relaxed quarantine rules for travelers to various destinations, including France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and Spain.

Starting July 10, visitors arriving in England from 58 selected countries will no longer have to isolate themselves for 14 days.

The United States, China and Portugal are among the destinations that have been left out of the list, which will remain “under constant review”.

While it has been confirmed that this will also apply to visitors to Wales and Northern Ireland, Scotland has issued a smaller and more separate list of 39 countries, with Spain notably absent.

“If you are a tourist ready to travel abroad or a company eager to open its doors again, this is good news for the British and excellent news for British companies,” said Grant Shapps, UK secretary of state for transportation, in a statement. week.

“The entire nation has worked tirelessly to reach this stage, therefore, security must remain our keyword and we will not hesitate to act quickly to protect ourselves if infection rates increase in the countries with which we are reconnecting.”

Approved destinations

Travelers arriving in England from 58 countries no longer need to be quarantined.

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The UK’s two-week mandatory quarantine, which went into effect on June 8, has come under fire from many in the travel sector who feel it has delayed the industry’s recovery process in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. .

Paul Charles, a member of Quash Quarantine, a campaign group that pressures the government to drop the measure, previously described the guidelines as “unworkable and unenforceable.”

“Many jobs have been removed in the past few weeks as people have been unable to book vacations because they feared quarantine,” he told CNN Travel.

“So the quarantine itself has acted as a blockade for future reserves.”

While travelers from the named countries will not have to isolate themselves, they will still need to provide the address of where they will be staying for the duration of their trip.

According to the UK Department for Transport, approved destinations represent “a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens”.

The news came after it was announced that gyms, swimming pools, leisure centers, beauty salons, and outdoor art venues in England may now reopen.

The official death toll in the UK Covid-19 is currently 44,600, which is one of the highest in the world.

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