Quarantine-free holidays to be allowed to 75 countries as ‘air bridges scrapped’

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Brits "will be able to travel to 75 quarantine-free destinations", reports claim.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the British government is planning to end restrictions for those arriving from the selected countries.

This would allow more to go on holiday – potentially to EU destinations and countries where coronavirus risk is lower, including Australia and New Zealand.

It also suggests that plans to form "air bridges", which are deals to provide free travel between agreed countries, have been scrapped.

The Transport Ministry is yet to confirm whether these claims are true.

Currently, the gov.uk website reads: “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. This advice is being kept under constant review.”

Simon Clarke says the government is preparing to make an announcement on travel.

The junior housing, communities and local government minister is optimistic that he'll have "good news" for those working in the tourism sector in the "near future".

He told Sky: "We will provide this announcement as soon as it is safe.

"We will be talking further about this this week."

"Clearly we want to get the tourism sector back on its feet as quickly as we can and I'm sure that we will be able to give good news in the near future."

For now, a two week quarantine period remains in place for those arriving in the UK.

Currently, government rules state that if you’re a resident or visitor travelling to the UK, you must:

  • provide your journey and contact details
  • not leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’)

The gov.uk website adds: “You may be fined up to £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details.

“You may be fined more if you break this rule more than once.

“You may also be fined up to £1,000 if you refuse to self-isolate, or you could face further action.”

There are some exemptions to the rule, including those travelling from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

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