Foreign holidays this year could be back on the cards according to travel industry bosses. Holiday hopes were looking bleak earlier this year with travel restrictions and quarantine rules remaining in place across the world.
Yesterday, the UK implemented its own 14-day quarantine rules which subject anyone arriving into the country to be put in isolation.
The only exceptions to the rules are those with certain occupations and anyone arriving from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland.
Anyone caught breaking the rules will face a fine of £1,000.
A group of more than 500 companies called Quash Quarantine has said it has received “private assurances” from the government that “air bridges” will be put in place before June 29.
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The group has been trying to halt the quarantine rules which some members of the travel industry have said will deter those abroad from wanting to visit the UK.
Quash Quarantine are said to be asking the government to make the assurance public.
They are also reportedly asking for an amendment to Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice which states all but “essential” travel is prohibited.
Spokesman for Quash Quarantine, Paul Charles said that they are thinking about whether to join British Airways in pursuing legal action against the government.
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He said: “We urge the government to signal to the travel industry publicly and urgently that this is the case…
“We are still considering our options regarding legal action, including whether to join BA’s claim or launch our own action, but would prefer that June 29 is confirmed as soon as possible for the start of travel corridors.
“The industry needs urgent visibility on a timetable for travel to begin again.”
Mr Charles said he has “100 percent trust [in] my source” that “air bridges” or “travel corridors” will be put in place by June 29.
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An air bridge, also referred to as a travel corridor, is a bilateral travel agreement between the UK and another country.
This means people would not need to quarantine when they arrive in the other country, or when they return home.
Mr Charles also added that the air bridges would be pan-European and could include destinations outside of Europe.
He added: “It has to be pan-European. You can’t have an air corridor between, say, the UK and Málaga, as there is nothing to stop someone driving from Málaga into France or Germany.”
ABTA (The Travel Association) also wrote a letter to the government asking for air bridges to be put in place to “establish transport links with countries identified as having appropriate levels of infection risk”.
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ABTA’s chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “We must restart international travel as soon as it is safe to do so, and businesses and customers would benefit from the Government outlining when this is likely to happen.”
It comes as Turkey revealed last week that holidays for Britons could restart on July 15.
Reportedly, Turkey has almost closed a deal with the UK to put an “air bridge” plan in place.
Turkey’s Transport Minister Adil Karaismailogluit said the nation had reached preliminary agreements for air travel with 15 countries.
He said: “The two sides are in close contact. The UK is a very important country for us.”