BREAKING: Government Releases List Of 'Travel Corridor' Countries
The government has finally released its list of "travel corridor" countries, following weeks of speculation.
The news means Brits will have the opportunity to fly to a number of holiday destinations from 10th July without needing to quarantine on return to England - giving the airline industry a much-needed boost.
The news comes two months after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that those returning from trips abroad would be required to self-isolate at home for two weeks to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
The countries that have made the "corridor" list include France, Spain, Italy and Greece (Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are already on the list, along with the 14 British overseas territories).
The Foreign Office issued advice on Friday afternoon (scroll down for the full list).
Travel corridors have been put in place so people can travel overseas without needing to isolate when they get home. While the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has been advising against all but essential travel since March, this has now been relaxed for the list of "corridor" countries, effective from 10th July.
Although many Brits were anticipating the list to be revealed over the weekend, Home Secretary Priti Patel later explained yesterday that the announcement had been delayed.
She also warned that the travel corridors "won't happen overnight" and that countries will need time to finalise arrangements.
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Patel told Sky News: "These measures won't come in overnight. They will take time because some of this will be down to negotiation [and] discussion with certain countries."
Of course, if you are hoping to get something booked, it's worth noting that holidays abroad are set to look very different, with hotels expected to operate at a reduced capacity and no buffet breakfasts (sob).
Despite this, hundreds of Brits have been busy booking holidays this weekend in anticipation.
Tui reported bookings had been up 50 per cent, while Hays Travel also said they had had a particularly busy period.
The full list is as follows:
- Antigua and Bermuda
- Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
- Czech Republic
- Faroe Islands
- French Polynesia
- Hong Kong
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- St Barthelemy
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Pierre and Miquelon
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Vatican City
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