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UK travel quarantine rules: How does the 14 day rule work and which countries have exemptions?

HOLIDAY plans have been ditched since March with coronavirus affecting millions of trips abroad.

As the virus continues to spread, new restrictions are being put in place alongside travel bans, including the controversial 14-day quarantine restrictions.

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New quarantine restrictions on travellers arriving in the UK are to be set out by Home Secretary Priti Patel later today.

We've explained what the quarantine rules currently are and what it means for your summer holiday.

What are the quarantine rules in the UK?

The government is enforcing a two-week quarantine for anyone entering the country, either by plane, train or boat.

Being enforced from June 8, this will apply to Brits returning to the country as well as international tourists.

Anyone entering the country will need to provide contact details of where they are staying, and anyone who refuses to quarantine will be fined £1,000 or even face jail time.

Police will also be conducting checks to ensure people are quarantining and not leaving their residence for the two-week period.

For Brits living in the UK, they can quarantine at their own home, but will not be allowed to leave the house for two weeks.

Anyone without accommodation will be provided somewhere by the government.

It is also worth remembering that travelling abroad is warned against by the government if non-essential.

Will I have to quarantine on holiday?

Depending on the country, Brits will have to quarantine as soon as they land in a foreign country.

However, some countries are not enforcing this - Portugal is allowing British tourists to enter the country without quarantining, offering temperature checks instead, while Spain is lifting their two-week quarantine from June 21.

Italy, which is welcoming Brits back from today, also hasn't introduced a mandatory quarantine, while Iceland and Austria offer coronavirus checks upon landing instead.

Some countries are debating "air bridges" which would allow quarantine-free travel between them both.

Greece and Portugal have suggested starting this with the UK, with the latter hoping to introduce them as soon as this month.

While they have not yet been confirmed, they could replace the quarantine within weeks as the prime minister looks into alternative measures to allow Brits to travel.

What does it mean for my summer holiday?

Sadly, a summer holiday abroad is unlikely with the quarantine rules.

Families could be forced to take five weeks of annual leave for a one week holiday, with two weeks of quarantine in the foreign country, and then another two weeks when returning to the UK.

The UK government is also yet to lift the advice against all non-essential travel abroad.

Ministers have already warned that a trip abroad may be off the cards - Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said it was a "risk" to book a holiday abroad while Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned summer holidays were "likely" to be cancelled this year.

Airlines are resuming flights abroad next month, including easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways, but many will opt not to fly if the quarantine is in place.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary called the plans "idiotic" and "unimplementable" while BA warned they may have to delay the return of flights if it is implemented.

MPS and tourism chiefs have also called for it to be scrapped.

Many countries and airports are asking for temperature checks instead of quarantines to encourage travellers to go abroad.

Another option is a quick 20-minute test being considered by UK ministers ahead of the summer holidays which could remove the need to quarantine.

Alexandre de Juniac, chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), warns that the two-week period would stop travellers going on holiday.

He explained to ABC: “[Quarantine] is a major deterrent."

He added it "wasn't necessary" and that temperature checks and health checks were a better way of reducing the spread of the virus.

An expert has warned that the two-week quarantine on travellers coming into the UK will cost the economy £650million a week.

Greek tourism minister Harry Theoharis calls for the UK to stop their two-week quarantine and kickstart holidays for Brits


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