Huge boost for holidays as Brits no longer need to quarantine

The government has confirmed its quarantine restrictions will be lifted from July 10.

Previously, those arriving in the UK from abroad had to self-isolate for 14 days in order to minimise the risk of spreading the deadly coronavirus.

These quarantine rules were put into effect on June 8 but have now been scrapped by the government.

From July 10 2020, people will be able to travel to many countries without having to self isolate upon returning to the UK.

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Transport secretary Grant Shapps set out changes to the travel requirements on July 3, meaning passengers returning or visiting from certain destinations which pose a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens, including Spain and Italy, will no longer need to self isolate when arriving in England.

The new measures come into force from July 10, allowing people arriving from selected destinations to enter England without needing to self isolate – unless they have been in or passed through non-exempt countries in the preceding 14 days.

A risk assessment has been conducted by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, in close consultation with Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer.

The assessment draws on a range of factors including the prevalence of coronavirus, the numbers of new cases and potential trajectory of the disease in that destination.

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A number of countries will be exempted from the requirement for passengers arriving into England to self isolate for 14 days.

All passengers, except those on a small list of exemptions, will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK.

The government has said it "expects" a number of exempted countries will now not require UK arrivals to self isolate, making holidaying an easier option.

This will mean holidaymakers travelling to and from certain destinations will not need to self isolate on either end of their journey.

Responding to the government's decision to lift quarantine restrictions in England, a spokesman for travel trade organisation Abta said: "The Government announcement today that lifts quarantine restrictions for returning passengers from 10 July in England will be greeted with huge relief by the travel industry, which can now plan ahead and take summer holiday bookings.

"Travel businesses have been under enormous pressure since the start of the pandemic, and the industry can now start to meet customers' pent-up appetite for travel.

"Getting the balance of health risk and economic risk is a difficult challenge, and we strongly support the Government in taking this initiative.

"There will be some changes to people's travel experiences because of the health and safety measures in place to limit Covid-19, and it will be important going forward that customers speak to their travel provider so that they can book and travel with confidence.

"And, of course, continued access to overseas destinations depends on our keeping Covid infection and transmission rates low in this country, so everyone should continue to heed public health guidelines."