Published: 15:47, 03 July 2020
| Updated: 15:50, 03 July 2020
People in Kent will soon be able to escape abroad to soak up the sunshine without fear of having to quarantine on their return.
From July 10 passengers returning to England from 59 countries will no longer have to shelter for a fortnight when they arrive here, transport secretary Grant Shapps has said today.
The move provides a big boost to the tourism industry which has suffered for months amid lockdown.
The rules being lifted are not to be confused with air bridges, which are reciprocal arrangements, as countries listed may still impose restrictions on tourists when they arrive.
The list of countries covered by today's announcement:
Ireland is already exempt as part of the common travel area, as are the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
The list of 59 nations announced today may be added to over the coming days following further discussions between the UK and other nations.
Before arriving in the UK, travellers must complete a passenger locator form and present these details on arrival in England. This applies to both visitors and UK residents.
The announcement today applies to people travelling to and from England.
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