Passengers travelling between the UK and a few international locations will not should quarantine, beneath the federal government’s air bridges scheme.
Most folks getting into the UK at the moment should quarantine for 2 weeks, however the brand new guidelines will make journey simpler.
The listing of nations will probably be introduced later this week and are available into impact shortly.
What are air bridges?
Air bridges will enable smoother journey between two international locations with comparatively low ranges of coronavirus.
They work in each instructions, so folks can journey between them with out having to quarantine on arrival.
Air bridges are also referred to as ”journey corridors” once they embrace worldwide journeys made through land and sea.
The authorities seems to be set to introduce them utilizing a site visitors gentle system.
This will classify international locations as inexperienced, amber or purple relying on the variety of new instances of coronavirus there and the way that might change within the close to future.
Travellers getting into the UK from a rustic within the inexperienced or amber class won’t should quarantine. Those travelling from international locations within the purple class will.
It is assumed that every one incoming passengers will nonetheless should fill in a contact locator kind with their private particulars and the deal with of the place they are going to be staying.
These classifications will not be set in stone – if coronavirus instances rise within the UK or a associate nation, both one may resolve to shut the air bridge and impose restrictions.
Equally, extra air bridges may very well be established if an infection charges fall within the UK and all over the world.
Why are air bridges being launched?
The Foreign Office has advised against all but essential international travel since 17 March, however is at the moment reviewing its recommendation on this. The steering is anticipated to be lifted for international locations categorised as inexperienced or amber.
This will enable Britons to go overseas on vacation or see relations. It may assist the UK obtain an financial increase from vacationers.
However, the Scottish authorities says it has not made a decision on whether to ease restrictions. While border management is overseen by the UK authorities, well being measures – akin to quarantine necessities – are determined by every dwelling nation individually.
Which international locations are on the listing?
An preliminary listing of nations which have agreed air bridges with the UK will probably be introduced later this week.
More than 15 nations are regarded as on the listing, together with France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway and Finland.
But there are nonetheless query marks round Portugal, which was the first country to offer an air bridge with the UK however has lately seen an increase in new instances round Lisbon.
Sweden, which did not impose strict lockdown measures and has a better an infection charge than the UK, can also be unlikely to have made the listing.
Greece can also be more likely to be lacking from the listing. The nation, which has reported fewer than 200 coronavirus deaths, says it won’t settle for direct flights from the UK till at the least mid-July.