England Updates Post-Travel Quarantine Requirements

The British government has decided to drastically reduce England’s 14-day quarantine period for people arriving from high-risk countries to as short as five days if they would test negative for COVID-19.

The British government has decided to drastically reduce England’s 14-day quarantine period for people arriving from high-risk countries to as short as five days if they would test negative for COVID-19.

The relaxing of restrictions was announced on Tuesday as British authorities launch a new testing strategy before the Christmas holiday rush.

According to the Department for Transport, the new rules would come into effect on Dec. 15.

The change would allow all international arrivals from places not included on the government’s travel corridor list, such as France and Spain, to reduce their mandatory quarantine period if they would test negative for COVID-19 on or after their fifth day of arrival in England.

The travel industry sees the new quarantine rules as a hope to prompt British families to go on holiday over the Christmas break, especially if children would not need to miss their schools upon their return.

“Our new testing strategy will allow us to travel more freely, see loved ones, and drive international business,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement. “By giving people the choice to test on Day 5, we are also supporting the travel industry as it continues to rebuild out of the pandemic.”

The change would not apply to other parts of Britain and travelers from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales should still take the 14-day quarantine requirement. 


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