Benidorm holidays are back on for Brits as the UK is to scrap quarantine rule


June 27, 2020
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Benidorm bars, restaurants, hotels and tourist business will be welcoming the news that a blanket restriction on non-essential overseas travel will be relaxed in the UK from 6th July, ministers have said. A government spokesman said the new rules would give people "the opportunity for a summer holiday abroad" while also boosting the UK economy - but stressed the relaxation depended on risks staying low.

Holidaymakers are expected to be allowed to travel to certain European countries without having to spend 14 days in quarantine when they return.

They are thought to include Spain, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Turkey, Germany and Norway - but not Portugal or Sweden.

The full list of travel corridors with the UK will be published next week.

A traffic light system will be introduced - with countries classified as green, amber and red depending on the prevalence of coronavirus. The government said it "wouldn't hesitate to put on the brakes" if the situation changes.

Portugal has seen a rise in the number of new cases in and around Lisbon recently, while Sweden is also unlikely to be on the list because the infection rate there is higher than in the UK. They are both likely to be classified as red.

People will still have to reveal the address where they plan to stay on their return, no matter which country they are coming back from.

The government said the changes would provide a "vital lifeline for travel operators and those whose jobs rely on the travel industry".

"Our public health measures at the border were put in place to manage the risk of imported cases and help prevent a second wave of the virus, and will continue to support our fight against coronavirus," a government spokeswoman said.