Spain, Greece, Portugal quarantine-free holidays via air-bridges expected in days

Deals between holiday hotspots such as Spain and the UK to restart travel could be in place by the end of the month.

‘Air bridges’ would see Brits allowed to skip quarantine upon arrival abroad, as well the mandatory isolation requirements for people travelling into the UK.

The Times has reported that deals with Greece, Portugal and Spain are close to being signed off, as well as overseas UK territories such as Gibraltar, the British Virgin Islands and Bermuda.

It comes as the Foreign Office is expected to modify its advice warning against all non-essential travel abroad.

A note next to the travel ban on the government website states: “This advice is being kept under constant review”.



Sunseekers might be travelling to Greece as early as July

Sources have claimed that travel may be allowed to low-risk countries this year – meaning summer holidays abroad could be on the cards again.

Three out of five Brits enjoy holidays in the EU every year.

The UK’s controversial quarantine policy is set to be reviewed on June 29.

Now Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed on Radio 4’s Today show that the measures are being looked at, and confirmed that ‘air bridges’ could be introduced.

He said: “That’s the plan.

“The quarantine policy is important because there are some countries around the world where this virus is not under control, however, there’s other countries where it may be safe to be able to not have a quarantine in place.

“So ahead of the formal review of the quarantine arrangements on the 29th of June, I’m working with Grant Shapps on whether there are countries that have a low rate of infection where we can come to an agreement on a travel corridor.”

Travel between the UK and France could also soon be on the cards.

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would raise the subject with French president Emmanuel Macron at a meeting this week.



Travel plans could include France soon if a deal is struck

Speaking at Tuesday’s Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson said: “Obviously I will be talking to Emmanuel Macron about all sorts of ways in which we can bring our countries together, making sure that eventually we will be able to travel freely to and from each other’s countries.

“The same goes obviously for Spain, as soon as we can.

“The reason for having the quarantine system is very simple – we don’t want to re-import the disease just at the moment when we’ve really got it under control in this country.

“But we’re certainly looking at air bridges and ways to ensure that people can safely go on holiday eventually.”

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