Holidays to Spain could be given the go-ahead after the Government announced that it will be revising the quarantine measures on Monday. Currently, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are the only countries excluded from Britain’s 14-day quarantine rules. The rules state that anyone arriving into the UK from outside the Common Travel Area has to isolate for 14 days.
Arrivals also have to give the UK authorities the address of where they will be staying.
Anyone caught breaking the rules could face a fine of up to £1,000.
The rules were put in place on June 8 and are due to be reviewed every three weeks, meaning that the first review will take place on June 29.
Instead of the stringent rules, there will be a traffic light system put in place.
Officials will be putting counties in categories that will range from red to amber to green.
The country’s colour depends on the prevalence of coronavirus within that nation’s borders.
The only countries that will have to quarantine for two weeks are those in the red category.
Travellers will have to share the address they plan to reside in with the British authorities on their arrival.
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A Government spokeswoman said: “Our public health measures at the border were put in place to manage the risk of imported cases and help prevent a second wave of the virus, and will continue to support our fight against coronavirus.
“Our new risk-assessment system will enable us to carefully open a number of safe travel routes around the world – giving people the opportunity for a summer holiday abroad and boosting the UK economy through tourism and business.
“But we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if any risks re-emerge, and this system will enable us to take swift action to reintroduce self-isolation measures if new outbreaks occur overseas.”
The quarantine measures have been heavily criticised by both the public, airlines and holiday companies.
Some believed that the rules would deter foreign visitors from travelling to the UK, therefore impacting the UK’s tourism industry.
Others believe the quarantine rules were “too little, too late”.
The International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), who own British Airways, branded the blanket quarantine measures “illogical”.
Meanwhile, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary labelled them “idiotic rubbish”.
International travel post-lockdown
But now, it seems that the rules could be lifted to a variety of counties that are popular with Britons.
A list of the low risk countries in the green and amber categories is due to be published next week.
This means that restriction-free travel could be able to resume with the likes of Spain as soon as July 6.
The Joint Biosecurity Centre, which is working with Public Health England, has categorised the countries it believes would be safe for people to enter the UK from without needing to self-isolate