The prospect of a holiday was looking relatively unlikely for Britons this summer as travel restrictions continue and quarantine rules are put in place. But yesterday, there was a glimmer of hope on the horizon for Britons looking for a summer holiday. The UK government is currently going ahead with plans to implement 14-day quarantine rules.
The quarantine rules will mean that anyone arriving in the UK from abroad will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
The only exceptions are those travelling from the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
Anyone caught breaking the rules could face a fine of up to £1,000.
The quarantine rules will be put in place from June 8.
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But now it appears that the rules could be axed or perhaps lessened.
Ms Patel said that if the travel industry can find a safe solution then quarantine-free travel may be an option.
Ms Patel said in a video meeting with travel bosses that if travel industries can offer a solution than they may be able to find a “brighter future” for travel.
She said: “We’re here today because we all share one aim: to keep people safe and get Britain moving again.
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“I want to hear from you all about how we can do just that, and how we can innovate for a brighter future.”
Airlines and holiday companies have condemned the quarantine rules saying that it will “deter” foreigners from travelling to the UK.
One of the options on the table are “air bridges” or “travel corridors”.
The prospect of “air bridges” were first mentioned by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in a Downing Street briefing last month.
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“Air bridges” would involve passengers travelling between the UK and specific destinations not needing to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the UK.
The destinations are likely to be countries with lower coronavirus cases.
British Airways’ owners IAG did not attend yesterday’s meeting.
They did not give a reason for not attending and have declined to comment.
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A Whitehall source told MailOnline: “It’s a shame that BA don’t want to directly make their case – clearly they aren’t serious about working with the Government to get Britain moving again.”
Organisations including those in the aviation, maritime and rail industries all attended the meeting.
Mr Shapps said it all depended on the virus when people would be able to travel again.
He said: “I can’t answer when people will be able to travel for tourism – that depends on the path of the virus.”