BORIS Johnson and Emmanuel Macron are developing a “safe corridor” travel plan in three countries to save the summer vacation.
According to the master plan of the two leaders, all travelers will be able to cross freely between Great Britain and France despite new strict restrictions against coronaviruses.
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It was also revealed yesterday that Ireland would be included, as part of its long-standing joint travel area agreement with the United Kingdom.
Newcomers to Britain, including British nationals, will be forced to undergo 14 days of quarantine in a cool climate to stop a new contagion.
But the British Prime Minister and the French President lambasted the start of a plan to exempt themselves from each other in a phone call on Sunday afternoon.
The offer will be a major boost to the tourism industry in the three countries, plunged into despair by the seven-week lockout.
But it will depend on whether the UK and France maintain a similar “R” rate of viral contagion, as well as a decreasing number of cases.
A high-level government source told The Sun: “There is still a lot of work to be done, but the Prime Minister and the President both believe that a travel lane is possible and desirable. “
“We are in a situation quite similar to France at the moment, so keeping the Channel Tunnel and the airports open to newcomers should not increase the risk for us. “
The exemption would also apply to truckers as well as to businessmen, so that goods and trade flow across the canal. But the safe corridor will not take effect until at least half of next month.
Entry to France is still severely restricted until at least June 15, after Mr. Macron extended the need for all visitors to the country to complete a form stating the reason for their trip.
And for the moment, authorities on both sides of the Channel have also made it clear that visits to holiday homes remain prohibited. Paris ‘decision to exempt the UK from quarantine measures reflects Brussels’ decision not to include us in an EU-wide ban on foreign arrivals.
But No. 10’s plan to trade only with France risks causing tension with other European nations. The European Commission will unveil a new strategy tomorrow to boost travel and operate as the continent emerges from the crisis.
Transportation Commissioner Adina Valean said, “It has been a very difficult and unprecedented couple of months. But now we have signs that we can soon emerge from the coronavirus pandemic in Europe. Now is a good time to look to the future of our transportation system. “
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Foreign Minister Dominic Raab confirmed to deputies yesterday that there will be “flexibility” and exemptions in the 14-day quarantine range.
Le Soleil also revealed yesterday that sports stars will also be exempted to allow international competition to resume.
Defending the government’s decision not to introduce the measure until now, Mr. Raab said, “The reason the measures are being introduced now is that the advice we have always had is that it was useless, if any, to introduce quarantine at the border with the level R and the level of, the prevalence of the virus at a high level, in particular above the level R1 “.
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