10 Jul 2020
Overseas passengers landing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland no longer have to self-isolate for two weeks as of Friday morning.
Travellers from 59 countries and 14 overseas British territories are now exempt from the ban, although people from the U.S. – where cases are still spiking – and Canada must still quarantine for 14 days.
The steps cover people arriving by air, sea or train, and also include UK nationals.
Countries not on the list include the U.S., Canada, Portugal, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Iran, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and China.
The relaxing of quarantine restrictions in Britain is taking place a day after Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organisation, said COVID-19 was “accelerating” in many parts of the world.
And it comes as some residents from European countries are against tourists visiting from the UK, a survey has revealed.
A YouGov poll has indicated residents would rather tourists visited from other European countries than the UK. Between 40% and 54% of Spaniards say they would disapprove of tourists from a group of European nations – but the figure jumps to 61% for those from Britain.
The 58 countries now exempted from quarantine measures are:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
St Kitts and Nevis
St Pierre and Miquelon
Trinidad and Tobago
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