Sunday, October 17, 2021

UK eases quarantine requirements for 47 countries

After losing two full summers of tourism revenue, Britain is getting rid of restrictive quarantine requirements for visitors from 47 countries, including India, South Africa, Brazil and Turkey.

Starting Monday, vaccinated travelers from those countries will no longer have to quarantine for 10 days in a hotel upon arrival in the UK.

The UK has approved AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines.

Visitors from seven countries, including Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela, will still be required to quarantine.

Those who have been fully vaccinated and are coming from countries like India, Turkey and Ghana will now have to give only a negative test after two days.

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Airline companies such as Ryanair and EasyJet had complained that complex travel restrictions prevented the tourism industry from recovering from business lost during the pandemic lockdown.

British Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday: “Restoring people’s confidence in travel is the key to rebuilding our economy and leveling this country.” “With fewer restrictions and more people traveling, we can all continue to safely move forward together on our path to recovery.”

Earlier this week, Britain lifted recommendations against non-essential travel to 32 countries, including Ghana and Malaysia.

Some information about this report has been received from Reuters.

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