As it stands, most travelers arriving in the UK from foreign countries must quarantine for 14 days under strict measures, which were introduced on June 8. However, this rule has come under heavy criticism for further alienating the UK from the international travel industry and further impeding the recovery of aviation companies. In response, the government has considered using airlift with other countries around the world to limit the 14-day quarantine rule.
Air bridges, also known as “movement corridors”, are an agreement between two countries in which they are allowed to remove mandatory quarantine when they travel between them.
For example, an air bridge between the UK and France would allow anyone in the UK to travel to France without isolation for two weeks upon arrival, and vice versa.
The government has said that Britain will only consider setting up an airlift with countries that have a low R rate, measuring the rate of coronavirus infection.
On June 25, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps revealed that air bridges can only be established with countries that have a test and trace system in place at the same level as the United Kingdom.
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What time is the air bridge announcement?
Speaking at a recent briefing on Downing Street, Johnson said the measures would be reviewed today, June 29, including quarantine rules and airlift.
The Prime Minister said, “The current view is still that people should avoid non-essential travel.
“We will look at the situation on the 29th, we will look at the quarantine rules and what we can do to create air bridges.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Downing Street to find out what time the announcement will be made today – this article will be updated as more information becomes available.
It should be implemented today, June 29, to join a range of other countries, including Germany, Gibraltar, Austria and Bermuda.
The British could also travel to Portugal eventually, as the two countries have agreed to potentially allow access to British families without the need for quarantine.
The Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs confirmed that his country was in talks with Great Britain on the air bridges.
Augusto Santos Silva told BBC Radio 4 Today that “quarantine is an enemy of tourism”.
Silva added: “Our diplomats will work together to ensure that British tourists coming to Portugal are not subject to any kind of quarantine upon their return to England.”
Portugal, if accepted, would only be a first step. British overseas territories like the Cayman Islands will start forming travel lanes in July.
The Caribbean, Canada and Dubai are expected to start allowing holidays from August.
However, for those looking a little further to travel to Mexico or the United States, travelers may have to wait until December of this year.