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British people allowed to travel to European countries from July 6
Posted on 29/06/2020

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Great Britain has confirmed British travellers will be allowed to travel to several countries, such as France, Greece, Germany and Spain, with no quarantine on their return, as "air corridors" are being established. The list is likely to extend to Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Turkey, Germany and Norway, while Portugal and Sweden probably won't be included because of their current high rate of infections.

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For the travel industry, it is great news, and the 14-day quarantine that had previously been put in place for people getting to the UK was hugely criticised.

Travel industry group ABTA commented: "Confirmation of the list of countries is eagerly anticipated by the travel industry, and should encourage customers to book."

"The blanket Foreign Office advice against all but essential travel is still a major impediment to travel, however, and we look forward to the government adopting a similar risk-based approach to that advice."

According to transport secretary Grant Shapps, air bridges will only be accepted for countries which have a coronavirus test and trace system similar to the one that is used in Britain.

"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", said a government spokesman.

"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 re-introduce self-isolation measures if new outbreaks occur overseas."