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UK eases quarantine rules for travelers

July 9, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The UK government has relaxed quarantine rules for travelers arriving in England from a number of destinations, including France, Italy, Belgium, Germany and Spain.

(CNN) — The UK government has relaxed quarantine rules for travelers from a number of destinations, including France, Italy, Belgium, Germany and Spain.

From July 10, visitors arriving in England from 58 selected countries will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

While it's been confirmed this will also apply to those visiting Wales and Northern Ireland, Scotland has issued a separate, smaller list made up of 39 countries, with Spain notably absent.

"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," Grant Shapps, UK secretary of state for transport, said in a statement last week.

Approved destinations

The UK's mandatory two-week quarantine, which came into effect on June 8, has been criticized by many in the travel sector who feel it's slowed down the industry's recovery process in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"A lot of jobs have gone in the last few weeks as people haven't been able to book holidays because they've been fearful of quarantine," he told CNN Travel.

While travelers from the named countries won't have to self-isolate, they'll still need to provide the address of where they'll be staying for the duration of their trip.

According to the UK Department for Transport, the approved destinations pose "a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens. "

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