The UK government will introduce a traffic light system with countries classified as green, amber and red depending on the prevalence of coronavirus
A government spokesman said the new rules would give people “the opportunity for a summer holiday abroad” while also boosting the UK economy – but stressed the relaxation depended on risks staying low. The government said it “wouldn’t hesitate to put on the brakes” if the situation changes.
The travel sector have been appealing to the government over the blanket quarantine policy. Spain and other popular summer destinations can now look forward to a bounce back with tourism revenue as the country is desperate that UK tourists return.
This announcement is also a huge lift for UK aviation, but they want testing at airports to also provide another way for passengers to be exempt.
UK travellers will still have to hand over the address they plan to stay at on their return from abroad, no matter which country they are coming back from. And they will also be legally required to wear face coverings on planes and ferries.
The Foreign Office advice against all but essential travel is still a major concern to travelers with travel insurance being void, however the government are expected to adopt a similar risk-based approach to that advice during the next few days.