Ministers ‘considering ways to relax travel quarantine rule’

Air bridges between Britain and some countries with low infection rates could be in place by the end of the month enabling people to travel without having to spend two weeks self-isolating on their return.

This could include expanding the list of workers who are exempt from the 14-day rule, or travel corridors to countries with low infection rates, which the government has previously said it was considering

Current plans mean all international arrivals – apart from people carrying out a limited number of specified roles – would need to quarantine for 14 days from Monday.

However some professions are exempt, such as lorry drivers, police officers, seasonal farm workers, and healthcare professionals.

Also exempt will be people coming from the Irish Republic, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Travellers will have to tell the UK government where they will be staying and if they do not provide an address, officials will arrange accommodation.

The plan has been criticised by travel and hospitality businesses, and ministers are understood to be considering introducing air bridges when the policy is reviewed three weeks after it comes into force.

Agreements would need to be reached with other countries before any policy could be introduced.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the prime minister is “personally in favour” of the idea.

The quarantine plan is due to be reviewed every three weeks, with the first review due at the end of June.

Announcing the plan last month, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the measure would “reduce the risk of cases crossing our border”.

 

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