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Beaches beckon as England to end quarantine for more than 50 countries

By William James and Costas Pitas

 

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FILE PHOTO: People sunbathe on Playa de Palma beach in Mallorca, as Spain officially reopens the borders amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain June 21, 2020. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo/File Photo

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will end coronavirus quarantines for people arriving in England from more than 50 countries, including Germany, France, Spain and Italy - but not the United States - the government said on Friday.

 

The move, effective July 10, clears the way for millions of British tourists to take summer holidays without worrying about being quarantined when they return. Those arriving from higher risk countries will still have to self-quarantine for 14 days under a rule which has angered airlines and travel companies.

 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government had debated for days how to ease the quarantine rules. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which set their own health policies within the United Kingdom, have not announced plans to lift the measures.

 

"Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation," Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

As the spread of the novel coronavirus slows in Europe, countries are reopening travel after more than three months of lockdown.

 

The full list of countries was published here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

Australia, New Zealand and Japan are included, as are Caribbean tourist destinations such as the Bahamas and Barbados, but popular holiday destination Portugal was not on the list. Nor were the United States, China, India or Russia.

 

"The U.S. from a very early stage banned flights from the UK and from Europe so there isn't a reciprocal arrangement in place," Shapps said.

 

Britain's foreign ministry also set out exemptions from a global advisory against "all but essential" international travel, from July 4, a key to normal insurance being valid.

 

The government said it expected countries included on the quarantine-free list to reciprocate by relaxing their own restrictions.

 

The move to ditch the quarantine prompted three of Europe's biggest airlines, British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet to end a legal challenge against the government.

 

Britain, with the highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe, is slowly reopening its economy. England and Northern Ireland will reopen pubs this weekend, and Scotland and Wales are expected to follow later in July.

 

Johnson has warned people to maintain social distancing rules and is expected to repeat that caution at a news conference on Friday.

 

"Anyone who flouts social distancing and COVID-secure rules is not only putting us all at risk but letting down those businesses and workers who have done so much to prepare for this new normal," he will say.

 

(Additional reporting by Kate Holton, William Schomberg and Michael Holden; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Alexander Smith and Peter Graff)

 

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No Thailand on the list strangely. They will be chuffed. 
 

Cheers Boris, that’s another few months added to the delay for those wanting to return. 
 

Sounds like a game of Tit for TAT

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Boris & his cabinet have lost the plot.

The virus will be happy

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4 hours ago, Kadilo said:

No Thailand on the list strangely. They will be chuffed. 
 

Cheers Boris, that’s another few months added to the delay for those wanting to return. 
 

Sounds like a game of Tit for TAT

Thailand is on the list that I saw, it's the Thai's that will not want the UK in yet a while.  I don't blame them,   

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4 hours ago, Kadilo said:

Surprisingly quite a few who are not paranoid enough to worry about it. 

That is the reason why you cannot come back to Thailand

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6 hours ago, canopus1969 said:

And who would want/need to go to the UK with their higth rate of infection?

The UK will reach herd immunity faster and get back to "normal" sooner than countries still in lockdown, IMO.

Lockdown countries have no herd immunity and will suffer anyway once indefinite lockdown HAS to be ended due to vanishing economy.

 

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Sweden tried herd immunity and now has an investigation into why it tried the failed method.

 

UK, sprinting to the lead in stupidity. UK and US will not be permitted to travel anywhere for a long time.

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Barcelona and Valencia here I come, nice cheap Spanish beer and tapas, plus latino beauties.

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9 minutes ago, Sujo said:

Sweden tried herd immunity and now has an investigation into why it tried the failed method.

 

UK, sprinting to the lead in stupidity. UK and US will not be permitted to travel anywhere for a long time.

Most of Europe is open, other countries loss if they don't want our £££££.

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3 hours ago, natway09 said:

Boris & his cabinet have lost the plot.

The virus will be happy

Boris dazed and confused.

 

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2 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

The UK will reach herd immunity faster and get back to "normal" sooner than countries still in lockdown, IMO.

Lockdown countries have no herd immunity and will suffer anyway once indefinite lockdown HAS to be ended due to vanishing economy.

 

Exactly! 

Doesn't matter if there are more than 200.000 people might die of Corona. 

And even those after got corona are brain damaged. Who cares about. 

Just same as Bojo. 

Mate, I'm sure you don't know what are you talking! 😕

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:offtopic: but nice breakfast and pint of Guinness today in my local Wetherspoon who were Oh, so welcoming!

(Me and the other 6 customers!!!)

 

Pity I'd still be quarantined if i returned from Thailand......oh...hang on....I can't even go to Thailand! 

And as for the USA...about 2024 perhaps...if I'm desperate to slum it! 🙄

 

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