Dozens of countries will be exempt from travel quarantine from Monday, British government sources said.
Currently, most people arriving in the UK from anywhere outside the Republic of Ireland have to isolate themselves for two weeks.
The ministers had previously indicated that they were working on creating a relatively small number of travel corridors.
Travel and tourism companies have called for urgent clarity in the hallways amid increased bookings.
Last weekend, the government said it would soften its advice on foreign travel and classify countries as green, amber or red, depending on the prevalence of the virus.
Government sources have now indicated that a very long list of countries is expected to be published by the end of this week.
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It is possible that up to 75 countries deemed to be low or very low risk will be exempt from UK quarantine as of Monday 6 July.
Some countries on this new list still impose restrictions on people traveling the other way from the United Kingdom.
Other high-risk countries, such as the United States, will be listed in red.
The government is therefore on the verge of announcing something that aviation bosses, many MPs and some scientists have advocated from the start – targeted quarantine that only affects people arriving in the UK from from high-risk “red” countries.
It is the opposite of the government’s comprehensive approach, which has been in place for less than four weeks.
You could call it a U-turn.
For days, if not weeks, the government has said it wants a relatively small number of bilateral-style “travel lanes,” especially with European countries where the virus is under control.
The approach appears to have encountered a number of obstacles.
Some countries, like Greece, were unwilling to do the same in the short term.
While nothing prevents people from traveling to the UK from a high-risk country, via a low-risk country to avoid quarantine.
The perspective on Portugal is illuminating. First, he seemed to be at the top of the list of exemptions. Sources said last week that he was not on the list. The situation regarding Portugal is now unclear.
The process has been further complicated by the Welsh and Scottish governments, saying they could take a separate approach.
Travel agencies will be delighted with a much longer list of exemptions, but they have coped with the confusion and delay in publishing a final announcement, which is now expected by the end of this week.
And critics will wonder why the government did not take a more nuanced approach in the first place.
It seems risky to agree on a small number of travel corridors with specific countries. The Scottish government has expressed concern over plans to ease quarantine and is still in talks with officials and politicians in Westminster.
Travel agencies have called on the government to publish their list as soon as possible, in order to end the confusion.
George Morgan-Grenville, managing director of travel company Red Savannah and longtime critic of the quarantine rules, told the BBC that he was “very encouraged” by the news that clarification was imminent.
He said the restrictions had been “a disaster for the industry, which had been prevented from getting back on its feet.”
Your travel rights
Most people who intend to travel abroad when the restrictions are lifted may find that their travel insurance does not cover all of the risks created by the coronavirus.
A number of new policies will now cover the medical treatment of Covid-19 who was caught while at a station.
However, people who have to cancel their vacation because they develop symptoms before leaving or are told to isolate themselves at home may not be covered.
People who purchased an annual policy before the outbreak could benefit from more coverage, depending on the terms and conditions of coverage.
People on package holidays will receive a refund or be able to change their reservation if travel restrictions are re-imposed, but, as with the new travel insurance, most will not get their money back if they detect symptoms or are asked to isolate themselves just before their maturity. travel.
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