AIR bridges should be agreed with a number of countries, including Greece, Portugal and Spain, at the end of the month.
“Bridges” would allow the British to skip quarantine upon her return to the UK after the trip, as well as all of the isolation requirements in the selected countries.
The Times reported that the government was close to reach an agreement with Greece, Portugal and Spain, as well as overseas UK territories, including Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and Gibraltar.
The newspaper revealed that the Foreign Office is also expected to relax its advice against the British to make all non-essential travel to the foreign countries.
The 29th of June is the date of the first examination of the controversial law on the quarantine of the policy, which came into force last week.
The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed to Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, that the government is close to the introduction of the travel corridors with some countries soon – meaning there would be no need for travellers in quarantine at their arrival in the united KINGDOM.
He said: “This is the plan.
“The quarantine policy is important because there are some countries around the world where this virus is not under control, however, there are other countries where it can be sure to be able to not have a quarantine in place.
“If in advance of the formal review of the quarantine, on the 29th of June, I am in the process of working with Grant Shapps if there are countries that have a low rate of infection where we can come to an agreement on a travel corridor. “
Travel between the UK and France will also be raised at a meeting between the two countries this week, Boris Johnson has said.
The Prime Minister has said that he will be talking to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, about the way in which people can move safely between the two countries when Mr Macron comes from the great Britain, Thursday.
He also recalled that the air bridges, enabling holidaymakers to travel abroad without going into self-isolation upon their return, have been considered.
It comes after the Secretary of state for Transport Grant Shapps indicated that the Government is “actively working” on the introduction of travel corridors, to help the weakness of the tourism industry.
Speaking Tuesday at Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson said: “of Course, I speak of Emmanuel Macron about all kinds of ways in which we can bring to our country, in ensuring that one day we will be able to travel freely from one to the other of the country.
“It is, of course, to Spain, as soon as we can.
“The reason for having the quarantine system is very simple: we don’t want to re-import the disease, at a time when we really had it under control in this country.
“But we’re certainly in search of air bridges and means of ensuring that people can safely go on vacation finally. ”
Most of the international arrivals in the united KINGDOM are required to go into self-isolation for 14 days, while in France, two weeks of quarantine is currently in place for the UK visitors.
Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Shapps told LBC radio: “We will not be able to announce which countries – the case of reciprocity go up until the 29th.
“Don’t expect something this week, I think I am right in saying that it is only at the end of next week. ”
All the passengers, bar a handful of exemptions, fill out a locator in-line with their contact information and travel details, as well as the address of the place where they will isolate.
Mr Shapps said that the measure was introduced because ” we don’t want to go back to the nature of the import (the virus) or British to go to a foreign country and bring them back with them.”
A group of over 500 travel and hospitality companies in the campaign against the policy, said last week that they had ” received private assurances from senior Government sources that travel corridors will be in place from June 29 “.
Spain has warned that it may impose its own 14-day quarantine requirement for BRITISH tourists.
Minister of foreign affairs, Arancha Gonzalez Laya told the BBC’s Hardtalk programme: “We are going to check out what the united KINGDOM will be done and we will be in dialogue with the united KINGDOM to see whether or not we should be the introduction of reciprocity as they have different measurements than the rest of the EU. ”
She added: “The health situation … it’s a little better in Spain than in the UK. “
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This happened after Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez announced over the weekend that tourists from many European countries are welcome from 21 June.
A number of other countries on the continent to ease their border restrictions Monday, but many have maintained entry restrictions for UK holidaymakers.
Destinations that do not require a UK holiday makers to enter quarantine include Belgium, Portugal, Italy and Switzerland.
The airline trade body the International Air Transport Association, said fast-Covid-19 tests of passengers from countries considered most at risk, could eliminate the need for ” heavy and intrusive measures such as the quarantine “.