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World UK will ditch travel quarantine for 75 countries, Daily Telegraph says

10:28  02 july  2020
10:28  02 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Britain said on Friday that it would ditch a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving from countries such as France, Greece and Spain. Simon Clarke, a junior housing, communities and local government minister, said the government was working on an announcement on travel .

It means that from Monday travellers to the 75 countries will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK although some like Australia and The move will be welcomed by the travel and aviation industry and holidaymakers but was seen last night as tacit acceptance that bilateral “air

a group of people standing around a plane: FILE PHOTO: A member of aircrew is seen wearing a protective face mask at Heathrow Airport, as Britain launches its 14-day quarantine for international arrivals, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain © Reuters/Toby Melville FILE PHOTO: A member of aircrew is seen wearing a protective face mask at Heathrow Airport, as Britain launches its 14-day quarantine for international arrivals, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - 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.

The newspaper said the UK would shortly lift a ban on non-essential travel to nearly all EU destinations, the British territories including Bermuda and Gibraltar, and Turkey, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

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Quarantine for new arrivals in the UK has not been worth it, an ex-transport minister has said , after details of how few It comes as the government prepares to loosen restrictions with the announcement of a number of "air bridges" allowing quarantine -free travel between the UK and other countries .

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A spokesman for the transport ministry declined immediate comment.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government has been grappling with how to open up international travel after it imposed a 2-week quarantine for arrivals, which has added to the woes of the shuttered tourism and travel industry.

Britain said on Friday that it would ditch a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving from countries such as France, Greece and Spain.

Simon Clarke, a junior housing, communities and local government minister, said 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.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton; editing by Michael Holden)

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