England is being nice to certain European countries and it is going to be showing its generosity as it drops its quarantine rules from July 10. On the insistence of travel and tourism lobby, England is relaxing the travel rules for Germany, Spain, Italy and France.
The holiday season is one of the main monetary benefits for the travel and tourism industry which has been severely hit by the pandemic induced lockdowns across Europe since February this year.
Declaring it as a huge step in opening up the nation, the travel secretary at 10 Downing Street has confirmed that passengers will not have to go through a mandatory quarantine of 14 days after landing into Britain. This privilege is going to be extended to 60 other countries and territories. The complete list is supposed to be out by the end of July 03 today.
This decision is seeing Britain go solo and does not see extended support from across United Kingdom as the Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon did not agree to this dangerous and ambitious opening up strategy put forward by the British counterparts.
The overall exhaustive list, it is said, is going to include most of the European nations and Turkey as well. All passengers, except those on a small list of exemptions, will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK.
The British government’s plan to establish air bridges does not seem to have panned out well. It was in motion to set these air bubbles up with a small core of Mediterranean countries. But last week, it emerged the list of countries was likely to be substantially larger. Greece for example refused for any such development to be made, owing to its apprehensions over Britain’s large number of corona virus contraction cases.
Previous discussions by experts have suggested that Britain is being impatient opening itself up. It could be in for another wave of contractions. But constant pressure from the travel lobby seemed to have clouded PM Boris Johnson’s judgment, making him change his stands three times in a couple of months, something that Sturgeon has felt, is indicative enough that Scotland does not want to go ahead with a plan in which they were not consulted well in time, to have taken a more well informed decision.