Travellers who are in quarantine after returning to England from overseas will no longer to isolate from next Friday.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said air passengers who are currently isolating for 14 days can break the restrictions legally from July 10.
Mr Shapps told BBC Breakfast that while “nothing could happen” before then, “from that point onward you will be legal not to quarantine yourself”.
He said: “It’s very important to stress the quarantine does exist until July 10.”
Countries that will be exempt from quarantine measures will include overseas territories such as the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar.
But travellers arriving in the UK will still be required to fill out a “locator form”, Mr Shapps said.
“That asks where you’ve been and where you’re coming back to,” he said.
“It is a criminal offence not to complete that form accurately and there are quite substantial fines.”
The government announced late last night that holidays to Spain, France, Germany and Italy were back on the cards.
Currently, anyone arriving back in the country must isolate for 14 days and tell authorities where they will be staying.
But holidaymakers in England will soon be able to travel abroad to some countries and not have to quarantine upon return.
Mr Shapps is expected to unveil the full list of countries that will be exempt today.
The new ‘traffic light’ system will see people able to travel to a list of countries deemed ‘safe’ by the Joint Biosecurity Centre.
Under this system – arrivals from ‘green’ and ‘amber’ countries’ will be exempted from quarantine.