//Quarantine ‘to be removed for up 75 countries’ – reports

Quarantine ‘to be removed for up 75 countries’ – reports

Source suggests list of EU and Commonwealth countries will be revealed this week.

The government’s ‘air bridges’ plan could be abandoned in favour of a wider relaxation of travel restrictions, according to reports.

The Telegraph and BBC report that the traffic lights system will still go ahead, with up to 75 countries designated as ‘green’, with the likes of the USA, Russia and Brazil marked as ‘red’.

Reports suggest the list, which will include nearly all EU destinations and British territories, as well as Turkey, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand, will be published before the end of the week.

The Foreign Office currently advises against all but essential travel, while those travelling to the UK are required to quarantine for 14 days.

Although the policy would allow returning Britons or inbound tourists to enter the UK without quarantining, it appears as if travelling Britons would have to abide by the rules of the country they are travelling to.

Greece will be rated as low risk, according to the report, but the country has recently suspended flights from the UK until July 15 due to the UK’s higher Covid-19 rate. 

However, a number of countries including Spain and Portugal are removing quarantine measures for arrivals.

Paul Charles, a spokesman for the Quash Quarantine campaign group, told The Telegraph: “We have said all along that air bridges were unsustainable in Europe because you can’t restrict people travelling in the EU or Schengen.

“It’s sensible and logical and I wish we could have had it earlier. It begs the question as to why have we gone round in circles.”

Simon Clarke, a junior housing, communities and local government minister, told Sky News: “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,” he said.