Air bridge countries will be struck off quarantine-free list if coronavirus gets worse there, government warns

AIR BRIDGE countries will be struck off the quarantine-free list if that country's pandemic gets worse, the government has warned.

Trippers from England will be able to fly to 73 countries and territories including France, Italy and Spain without needing to quarantine if they return from July 10.

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Today's confirmation has been long-awaited by Brits desperate to go on holiday, but the list is not written in stone.

The guidance says: “We will keep the conditions in these countries and territories under review.

“If they worsen we will not hesitate to reintroduce self-isolation requirements.

“Travellers should always check the latest FCO travel advice.”

Countries that have made the list are at risk of being struck off if they see spike in cases.

Furthermore, countries could be added to that list should they get their outbreak under control.

A number of destinations favoured by Brits have been left off the quarantine-free air bridge list today.

The popular hotspots that don't feature include Portugal, Morocco and Egypt.

Brits also can't holiday in the US, Mexico, Thailand or Sweden without quarantining when they return home.

Countries exempt from quarantine when arriving in UK – and destinations you have to self-isolate when you arrive

ANTIGUA and Barbuda – Non- nationals with certain travel history will be refused entry

Australia – mandatory quarantine for 14 days

Austria – quarantine for 14 days unless test negative

Bahamas – must prove negative test or denied entry

Barbados – quarantine while awaiting mandatory test result

Belgium – no quarantine

Croatia – no quarantine

Cyprus – Passengers who have been in the UK in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter

Czech Republic – no quarantine

Denmark – no quarantine

Fiji – Border closed to all non-Fijian citizens

France- voluntary 14-day quarantine

Germany – no quarantine

Greece – X will have to quarantine for 14 days

Hong Kong – arrivals may be placed in a Hong Kong government quarantine centre

Hungary – X Not allowed. If you do get an exemption, you will probably need to quarantine

Italy – no quarantine

Japan X not allowed

Malta – X  open to other countries but not UK as of yet

Monaco – X not allowed

Netherlands – X not allowed

New Zealand – X not allowed

Norway – X not allowed. If you’re legally resident in Norway, you will be allowed to enter the country but must self-quarantine for 10 days

Poland – no quarantine

Spain – no quarantine

Switzerland – X not allowed

Taiwan – X Travellers from the United Kingdom are required to complete the 14-day quarantine period.

Turkey – no quarantine but Foreign passengers who test positive for COVID-19 on landing flights will be referred to a private hospital by the Ministry of Health – Border Health Unit, whereas Turkish passengers will be referred to a state hospital

Vatican city – no quarantine

Vietnam – X Quarantine lasts a minimum of 14 days and could be longer if you test positive at any point

Greece made the list despite Transport Secretary Grant Shapps suggesting this morning that it would be missed off

Ireland is already exempt as part of the common travel area, as are the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

The Government are also exempting the 14 British Overseas Territories including The Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and Gibraltar.

Full “air bridge” deals were not negotiated, but instead so-called gentlemen’s agreements were made with popular destinations.

The Sun can reveal the new rules will not apply to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who have decided to assess countries’ safety using different measures.

The announcement of which countries people will be ale to fly to and from without a quarantine have been delayed for days due to the ongoing row.

Nicola Sturgeon accused the UK Government them of failing to keep them in the loop.

Speaking at her daily press conference today, Ms Sturgeon claimed the UK Government had changed its plans overnight.

She said: "The UK Government has announced a list of countries that it intends to remove from quarantine restrictions.

"I explained yesterday why it has been really quite challenging for Scotland to come to a position on the UK’s proposals with any great speed.

"Often we have had limited or no notice of the UK’s proposals, and that matters."


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