Government eases rules on foreign summer holidays

Summer holidays abroad are back on.

The Government is looking to let people travel to some countries without having to self-isolate for 14 days on returning to the UK.

It’s reported ministers will give the go ahead for holidays in France and Spain to start from July 6th.

There will be a traffic light system with countries labelled red, amber, and green depending on the level of coronavirus in each one.

Holidaymakers returning from a red zone country will need to quarantine for 14 days.

A full list of the low-risk countries in the green and amber categories is set to be published next week.

It’s hoped the changes would provide a “vital lifeline for UK travel operators and those whose jobs rely on the travel industry”, said a Government spokeswoman.

She added: “Our public health measures at the border were put in place to manage the risk of imported cases and help prevent a second wave of the virus, and will continue to support our fight against coronavirus.

“Our new risk-assessment system will enable us to carefully open a number of safe travel routes around the world – giving people the opportunity for a summer holiday abroad and boosting the UK economy through tourism and business.

“But we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if any risks re-emerge, and this system will enable us to take swift action to reintroduce self-isolation measures if new outbreaks occur overseas.”



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