UK lifts quarantine obligations for passengers from selected countries

London, Jul 3 (efe-epa).- Passengers arriving in England from Spain, France, Italy and Germany will no longer have to quarantine for two weeks as of 10 July, the United Kingdom’s government confirmed Friday.

It comes as the UK gradually dismantles its Covid-19 restrictions and other European nations try to jumpstart a much-delayed tourist season.

The government published a full list of around 60 countries deemed to be of a “reduced” coronavirus risk.

South Korea and Vietnam have been included on the list after both countries have managed to control the rate of infections.

Travelers from China, the United States and Brazil will still have to undergo quarantine, along with the rest of Latin America, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation.

“Whether you are a holidaymaker ready to travel abroad or a business eager to open your doors again, this is good news for British people and great news for British businesses.

“The entire nation has worked tirelessly to get to this stage, therefore… we will not hesitate to move quickly to protect ourselves if infection rates rise in countries we are reconnecting with.”

The UK implemented a quarantine system for international arrivals — with the exception of those coming from the Republic of Ireland — at the beginning of June.

The UK Foreign Office will revise its international travel advice on 4 July.

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