UK accepts holiday travel to Portugal, Israel; not France, Spain – fr

UK accepts holiday travel to Portugal, Israel; not France, Spain – fr

LONDON – The UK government on Friday announced a “tentative first step” towards resuming international travel, saying UK citizens will be able to visit countries like Portugal, Iceland and Israel later this month without having to self-quarantine upon their return.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the current blanket ban on overseas vacations in the country has been replaced with a traffic light system classifying countries as low, medium or high risk.

The “green list” of 12 low-risk territories also includes Gibraltar, the Faroe Islands and the Falkland Islands – but not major British holiday destinations like France, Spain and Greece. Britons traveling to these countries will have to self-isolate for 10 days upon their return.

All travel, except essential ones, remains banned to countries affected by severe epidemics, including India and South Africa, and those returning face 10 days of mandatory hotel quarantine. On Friday, the government added Nepal, Maldives and Turkey to this list.

Friday’s decision calls into question fans’ ability to make it to the Champions League football final between two English teams – Manchester City and Chelsea – which is due to be played in Istanbul on May 29.

The changes will take effect on May 17, the next date on the government’s roadmap to come out of the lockout. Pubs and restaurants in England can reopen indoor spaces the same day, and venues, including theaters and cinemas, can be open to a limited audience.


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