Coronavirus UK: Britons go on vacation after quarantine lift

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Some people were so enthusiastic about a vacation that they were able to go directly on the first flights they could (Photo: SOLARPIX.COM)

The first British tourists since the lifting of quarantine restrictions were photographed arriving in Malaga yesterday.

Residents of England, Wales and Northern Ireland can finally go on vacation because, since yesterday, they no longer have to isolate themselves when they return from a list of 73 countries.

The Spanish coasts are a popular option as visitors no longer have to quarantine upon arrival – forming a so-called “air bridge” with the United Kingdom.

But the Scots may have to miss sunny Malaga for now, as Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has released only 39 approved countries, which don’t include Spain.

She stated that the “hard decision” was motivated by the evidence regarding the prevalence of the coronavirus.

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Other destinations that English, Northern Irish and Welsh holidaymakers can visit include Italy, France and Germany – but not Portugal and the United States.

Manuel Lobo Antunes, Ambassador of Portugal to the United Kingdom, wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “I am not trying to hide my disappointment, or that of my government, since Portugal was not on the list of countries whose travelers are exempt from quarantine upon return to the UK. ”

This comes after British tourists have been asked to expect “90% normalcy” when going on vacation, despite the continuing pandemic.

Friday, people arrive from London Luton, Stansted and Liverpool at Malaga airport (Photo: SOLARPIX.COM)

TUI, the largest British tour operator, operates a limited number of flights and vacations to the Spanish destinations of Ibiza, Lanzarote, Palma and Tenerife.

Andrew Flintham, Managing Director of TUI UK and Northern Ireland, said holidaymakers should prepare for some changes as operations resume, but was confident they would enjoy their trips.

He recognizes that people will have to follow local rules but “will still be able to enjoy the main amenities and the things you really, really want.”

“The 90% or 85% of the normality of your vacation will be there,” he added.

Since Monday, the Balearic government has decreed that face masks must be worn on its islands at all times, except for beaches, swimming pools and during sports activities.

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Britons living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland no longer have to isolate themselves when they arrive or return from Spain, forming a so-called “air bridge” (Photo: SOLARPIX.COM)

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There is a list of 73 countries approved for safe travel, according to the British government (Photo: SOLARPIX.COM)

A passenger uses a skateboard in a departure terminal at Gatwick Airport as travel restrictions are relaxed following the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Gatwick, Great Britain , July 10, 2020. REUTERS / Toby Melville

A passenger uses a skateboard in a departure terminal at Gatwick Airport (Photo: Reuters)

Travelers arriving in Ibiza must complete health check forms before arrival and have their temperature checked at the airport.

As part of the Covid-19 changes, travelers can expect the TUI flight crew to wear masks and gloves in the air and provide bags of hand gel to passengers.

The current flight service on planes, which are regularly thoroughly cleaned, does not include hot or duty-free food, while QR codes will allow customers to access missing flight documentation.

Passengers will be encouraged to check in online, not to travel during flights, and limit carry-on baggage to a single small item.

But a YouGov survey indicated that those who live in Europe prefer tourists visited from other European countries than the United Kingdom.

Eoin Burgin, 21, at Gatwick Airport, London, a student of the University of Edinburgh, traveling to Basel, Switzerland, to see his girlfriend for the first time in about five months after lifting new coronavirus locking restrictions in England.  Photo PA.  Date of the photo: Friday, July 10, 2020. See the history of the AP HEALTH Coronavirus.  Photo credit should read: Tom Pilgrim / PA Wire

Eoin Burgin, 21, at Gatwick Airport, London, a student of the University of Edinburgh, traveling to Basel, Switzerland, to see his girlfriend for the first time in five months after the lifting of new lock restrictions in England (Photo: PA)

Passenger checks into Easy Jet control area at Gatwick Airport as travel restrictions are relaxed following the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Gatwick, Great Britain , July 10, 2020. REUTERS / Toby Melville

Passenger checks into Easy Jet check-in area (Photo: Reuters)

Between 40% and 54% of Spaniards say they would refute tourists from a group of European nations – but the figure rises to 61% for those from the United Kingdom.

Opposition to British holidaymakers is 58% in Germany, 55% in France and 44% in Italy.

According to research, each country would be more welcoming to other European nations.

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