Travel corridor list could be released within DAYS in new boost for summer holidays as Matt Hancock says quarantine-free countries will be published ‘in good time’ ahead of June 29 deadline
- Health Secretary said he’d publish details ahead of June 29 quarantine review
- Came as first UK holidaymakers arrived in Spain after it lifted quarantine
- Tourists and travel firms will hope that other popular destinations are cleared
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Countries that could form quarantine-free ‘air corridors’ with Britain are set to be revealed within days, Matt Hancock said tonight.
The Health Secretary provided a welcome boost to stressed Britons as he said a list would be published in ‘good time’ ahead of a June 29 review of the 14-self-isolation forced upon all arrivals into the UK.
It came as Spain today appealed for British tourists to visit saying their holidays will not be ‘radically’ affected by temperature checks and health forms.
Minister Manuel Muniz insisted Spain is now a ‘particularly safe place’ with coronavirus rates that are ‘among the lowest in the world’.
Tourists and travel firms at risk of going bust will be hoping that other popular holiday destinations are also cleared to allow travel without spending 14 days in quarantine.
The Health Secretary provided a welcome boost to stressed Britons as he said a list would be published in ‘good time’ ahead of a June 29 review of the 14-self-isolation forced upon all arrivals into the UK
Tourists and travel firms at risk of going bust will be hoping that popular holiday destinations are cleared to allow travel without spending 14 days in quarantine. Pictured is Pefkochori on Halkidiki Peninsula, Greece
Matt Hancock said the Government would set out where travel corridors might be established before the June 29 deadline for reviewing the quarantine arrangements.
The Health Secretary told the Downing Street press conference: ‘A lot of work is being done on travel corridors, I’ve been working on it over the weekend.
‘And we have a formal review date of the quarantine policy at the end of this month on June 29, and we’ll make sure that in good time for that we publish what we plan to do next in terms of where we think – based on the epidemiological advice – we’re able to formalise travel corridors.
‘I know that people are really looking forward to getting this information, but we’ve got to make sure that we get it right and that work is going on right now.’
The first Britons started arriving in Spain yesterday after Madrid lifted its ban on foreign tourists and opened its beaches in glorious 100 degree-plus heat.
Travel firms have slashed the price of a one-week holiday to £300 after Downing Street signalled ‘travel corridors’ could be introduced to 10 countries from July 4, with no 14-day quarantine on return to the UK.
A small Ryanair fleet is shuttling people to the south of Spain this week.
Seven-night package deals are down 34 percent for Prague, 26 percent fo Zante, 16 percent for Venice, 15 percent for Marrakech, 14 percent for Canary Islands, 13 percent for New York, 12 percent for the Balearic Islands and 10 percent for Turkish resorts.