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Quarantine travel rules: EU countries could close borders to UK if 14-day rules go ahead

Britons arriving from abroad may be subject to 14-day quarantine rules from next month in a bid to halt the spread of COVID-19 from country-to-country. On arrival, travellers will be expected to provide UK Border Force officials with an address where they will be in quarantine. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced at the beginning of the month that anyone arriving from abroad will be subject to these rules and may face a fine if they are caught breaking the requirements.

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The exemptions include those arriving from Ireland or the Channel Islands.

This week, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the rules will come into play next month.

But just as the rules are set to be imposed, EU countries have dealt a blow to the UK Government that could stop British tourists from travelling to European countries in the future.

European countries have now reportedly offered to open their borders to the UK but on one condition.

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Quarantine travel rules: EU countries could close borders to UK if imposes 14-day rules (Image: GETTY)

Quarantine travel rules: Anyone arriving from abroad may face 14-day quarantine rules (Image: GETTY)

The condition is that the UK Government does not impose their 14-day quarantine rules next month.

Former Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith has said that the Government should “rethink” its quarantine plans.

He told the Daily Telegraph: “The Government needs to rethink this quickly and not go into quarantine.

“If they got their testing level up, then anyone coming in would be tested and put on the tracking app.”

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Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio also said that Italy was ready to allow tourists enter the country after a drop in coronavirus cases.

He told MailOnline: “From mid-June to September it will be possible to travel in Italy without any problems.”

He added that there were “clear health protocols in place in the accommodation facilities”.

He continued: “We will [open the borders] and we expect reciprocity.”

Quarantine travel rules: Popular tourist attractions such as Italy could open their doors to Britons (Image: GETTY)

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While popular tourist attractions such as Greece, Spain and Italy could open their doors to Britons, this would mean that anyone coming from abroad would not be put in quarantine.

A Whitehall source told MailOnline that the quarantine rules will be reviewed every few weeks but that Britons should not be booking foreign holidays.

They added: “The quarantine rules will be reviewed every three weeks but I think people would be unwise to book a foreign holiday in the expectation that an ‘air bridge’ will open up in time for the summer holidays.

“It’s the sort of idea you might look at as you exit a quarantine system.

International travel post-lockdown (Image: EXPRESS)

“But we are just getting started.”

It comes as Spain’s Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya told the BBC Today programme that holidaymakers will be welcomed to parts of Spain “as soon as possible”.

She also said that Spain is aiming to become Europe’s “safest destination”.

She said: “We are hoping to get tourists back as soon as possible but we are also conscious that, when we welcome them, we want to provide the safest destination in Europe.

“We want to make sure when they come they can continue to experience the amazing stay in Spain, whether they love sports or culture or cuisine or simply like our weather.”

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