English holidaymakers allowed to travel abroad from Saturday
English holidaymakers can embark on overseas trips from Saturday as quarantine restrictions are lifted and travel advice is updated.
The 14-day self-isolation policy for people returning to or visiting England from destinations such as Spain, France, Italy and Germany is being lifted, the Department for Transport announced.
Meanwhile, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will exempt a number of countries from its advisory against all non-essential travel, which has been in place since March 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The change in travel advice comes into force on Saturday, while the quarantine policy will be amended from July 10. That means people who depart on Saturday and spend at least six days in certain locations will not need to self-isolate on their return.
The full list of the countries deemed to pose "a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens" will be kept "under constant review" so that self-isolation measures can be re-introduced if health risks increase.
Ministers failed to guarantee reciprocal arrangements with all the included nations, meaning some may require English holidaymakers to go into quarantine at the beginning of their trip.
They were also unable to convince the devolved administrations to sign off on the overall plan, meaning Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will set out their own approach.
Travel corridors: countries and territories exemption list
From 10 July 2020, unless they have visited or stopped in any other country or territory in the preceding 14 days, passengers arriving from the following countries and territories will not be required to self-isolate on arrival into England.
AndorraAntigua and BarbudaArubaAustraliaAustriaBahamasBarbadosBelgiumBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaCroatiaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDominicaFaroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench PolynesiaGermanyGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeHong KongHungaryIcelandItalyJamaicaJapanLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacauMaltaMauritiusMonacoNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNorwayPolandRéunionSan MarinoSerbiaSeychellesSouth KoreaSpainSt BarthélemySt Kitts and NevisSt LuciaSt Pierre and MiquelonSwitzerlandTaiwanTrinidad and TobagoTurkeyVatican CityVietnam