The government today reveals details of plans to relax England’s border quarantine rules.
Currently anyone arriving in the country has to stay indoors for 14 days and tell authorities where they’ll be staying.
But Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will today unveil the full list of countries that will be exempt from quarantine rules.
But how will the ‘traffic light’ system work – and is it the same as an ‘air bridge’?
Here’s everything you need to know about the new travel quarantine rules.
Who will and won’t have to go into quarantine?
Arrivals from countries deemed to be ‘safe’ won’t have to go into quarantine, so long as they haven’t been in an ‘unsafe’ country in the last 14 days.
They’ll still have to give their contact details to officials on arrival though, for contact tracing purposes.
The Joint Biosecurity Centre – which is responsible for setting the Coronavirus alert level – alongside Public Health England, have drawn up a list of safe countries, based on “strict public health criteria.”
They’ll introduce a ‘traffic light’ system for the list of countries – with arrivals from amber and green countries exempted from quarantine.
Will the traffic light list change?
The government says it will maintain a “strict handbrake mechanism” allowing them to change a country’s risk category if there’s an outbreak in that country – or even in part of it.
What countries are in the safe list?
The full list will be unveiled by the government later today.
But the government say it will definitely include Germany, France, Spain and Italy.
Does being on the list mean we won’t get quarantined when we arrive at another country?
Most countries are still yet to announce whether Brits will be able to travel to their countries without quarantine.
And the government will only say it expects “a number of the exempted countries” to scrap quarantine rules for the UK.
The government wants to negotiate so-called ‘air bridges’ – where two countries agree not to quarantine each other.
But we’re not there yet.
So what about the countries we know are on the list so far – will we be quarantined when we go to them?
Currently has a ‘voluntary’ quarantine in place for arrivals from Spain and the UK, which the country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry says is in ‘reciprocity’ for our quarantine rules.
It’s unclear yet if that will be lifted when we lift ours.
Spain reopened its borders to EU member states, Schengen area countries and the UK last week.
UK visitors to Spain don’t have to quarantine on arrival.
People from the UK have been allowed to travel to Germany since the country lifted border restrictions on June 15
Italy opened its borders to EU, UK and a host of other countries on June 3.
Travellers from the UK don’t have to go into quarantine, unless they’ve been in one of Italy’s non-approved countries in the last 14 days.