London (dpa) - Just in time for the summer vacation, England is relaxing its quarantine regulations due to the corona pandemic for travelers from around 50 countries.
A good ten overseas territories also benefited from the new regulation, British Transport Minister Grant Shapps told Sky News on Friday. Visitors from Germany, France, Spain and Italy, among others, no longer have to isolate themselves for 14 days on July 10 when they arrive.
This means that English people can also travel to other countries at the beginning of the summer holiday season and do not have to isolate themselves when they return. The government believes that a number of the countries exempted from the quarantine will not ask British residents to self-isolate, it said.
A list of all countries that are exempt from quarantine should be published on Friday afternoon. The new regulation on the so-called airlifts only applies to England - the old regulations continue to apply in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. A Scottish government spokesman criticized that the easing applies to "countries with different (corona) risk". It would also make more sense for all parts of the UK to agree on a common approach.
"Today marks the next step in cautiously reopening our great nation," Shapps was quoted in a statement from his ministry. This is good news for the British and British companies. "We will not hesitate to act quickly to protect ourselves if the infection rates increase in countries with which we reconnect."
UK residents have been required to leave their address and contact details on the border since June 8 and have been quarantined for two weeks. Anyone who does not adhere to the 14-day obligation to self-isolation must face a heavy fine. Several airlines had filed suit.
With the quarantine requirement, the government aims to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections from imported cases in Great Britain. Britain is the worst affected country in Europe by the pandemic. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is accused of responding too late and incorrectly to the corona crisis. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 285,000 people in the UK are currently infected with the virus and over 44,000 have died from it.
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Communication from the Ministry of Transport