Foreign holidays look to be back on the cards at long last.
The Government is considering introducing “air bridges” to low-risk sunspots so tourists can skip 14-days of quarantine when they return.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be “personally in favour” of the idea.
It comes as a fierce backlash over the new quarantine rules continued to grow yesterday.
From Monday all arrivals will be forced to self-isolate for two weeks when they jet in from a trip in a bid to stop “imported cases”.
But travel and hospitality bosses fear it will destroy their industries and cause huge job losses. If approved, air bridges could be rolled out on June 29, the first quarantine review date.
However agreements would need to be reached with other countries like Portugal and Greece first. Tory MP Stephen Hammond said: “I think air bridges are the right way forward.
“This targeted approach would be a much more sensible way to behave.” The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “There is no change on air bridges, we have said it’s something which the Government is looking at.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he is “more optimistic” than before about overseas holidays this summer.
But he refused to be drawn on which countries are interested in the plan.
Prof John Newton, from Public Health England, said it is “too early to say” whether low-risk countries could be exempt.
The UK’s virus death toll rose to 39,369, up by 324. But Covid-19 hospital admissions in England fell to 436, the lowest since March 20.