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UK Allows Quarantine-Free Travel For Some Countries

The UK on Friday allowed quarantine-free international travel to nearly 60 "lower risk countries", excluding India and the US, as it released a list of exempt nations posing "a reduced risk" from the deadly coronavirus.
The UK Foreign Office Travel Advisory related to India remains unchanged as part of its wider advice for British nationals to avoid "all non-essential international travel".

India and the US are among the countries excluded from the list of nearly 60 low-risk countries.

The list containing countries posing "a reduced risk" from the deadly coronavirus includes European destinations of Germany, France, Spain and Italy as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Some of the Asian countries considered low risk include Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, with popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean as well as Mauritius and the Seychelles also making the UK's travel corridor cut.

"Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation. Whether you are a holidaymaker ready to travel abroad or a business eager to open your doors again, this is good news for British people and great news for British businesses," said UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

"The entire nation has worked tirelessly to get to this stage, therefore safety must remain our watch word and we will not hesitate to move quickly to protect ourselves if infection rates rise in countries we are reconnecting with," the minister said.

Under COVID-19 lockdown related rules brought in last month, most travelers from any part of the world coming into the UK currently have to self-isolate, or quarantine, for two weeks.

The new measures, which will come into force from July 10, mean that people arriving from selected green or amber zone destinations will be able to enter England without needing to self-isolate unless they have been in or transited through non-exempt countries in the preceding 14 days.

The devolved administrations will set out their own approach to exemptions, and so passengers returning to Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland could be subject to slightly different quarantine rules until they confirm their travel strategies to control the spread of coronavirus.

All travellers entering the UK will undergo a double-testing regime, the government is expected to announce next week, as part of quarantine plans to reduce the spread of new coronavirus variants.

The UK had already announced that passengers coming from countries on the government’s “red list” – a group of 33 high-risk nations – will have to take two tests during their 10-day stay at a quarantine hotel.

It is understood that this testing requirement will now be extended to all travellers coming from overseas.

The new hotel quarantine rules come into force on 15 February.

Many of those quarantining are likely to be British citizens and those with residence rights who are still allowed to return home. They will have to quarantine at home, while also taking a test on the second and eighth day of isolation, like those staying in hotels.

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