On Friday, the United Kingdom authorized international quarantine travel to almost 60 “low-risk countries”, except India and the United States, while it released a list of exempt countries with ” reduced risk “of lethal coronavirus.
The British Foreign Office travel advice for India remains unchanged as part of its broader advice to British nationals to avoid “all non-essential international travel”.
India and the United States are among the countries excluded from the list of nearly 60 low-risk countries.
The list of countries with “reduced risk” of the deadly coronavirus includes the European destinations of Germany, France, Spain and Italy as well as Australia and New Zealand.
Some of the Asian countries considered to be low risk include Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, with popular vacation destinations in the Caribbean as well as Mauritius and Seychelles, which has also reduced the UK travel corridor .
“Today marks the next step in the smooth reopening of our great nation. Whether you are a vacationer ready to travel abroad or a business looking to reopen, this is good news for the British and a great news for UK businesses, “said UK Transport. Secretary Grant Shapps.
“The whole nation has worked tirelessly to get to this point, so safety must remain our watchword and we will not hesitate to act quickly to protect ourselves if infection rates rise in the countries with which we let’s renew, “said the minister.
Under the COVID-19 lockout rules introduced last month, most travelers from all over the world coming to the UK are currently required to isolate or quarantine for two weeks.
The new measures, which will take effect on July 10, mean that people arriving from certain green or amber areas will be able to enter England without the need to self-isolate, unless they have entered or transited through non-exempt countries. from the previous 14 days.
Deconcentrated administrations will define their own approach to exemptions, so that passengers returning to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may be subject to slightly different quarantine rules until they confirm their travel strategies to control the spread of coronavirus.
The UK government has said it expects a number of exempt countries will not require arrivals from the UK to self-isolate either. This means that vacationers or business travelers traveling to and from certain destinations will not need to isolate themselves on either stage of their trip.
Exempt countries and territories will be constantly reviewed, so that if health risks increase, self-isolation measures can be reintroduced to help stop the spread of the disease in England, said the Department of Transport.
The UK Department of Foreign Affairs is also expected to modify its general advice against all non-essential overseas travel from Saturday and make it more specific to the region, in line with the traffic light system.
The Department of Transport said the progressive travel system followed a risk assessment by the Joint Biosecurity Center, in close consultation with Public Health England and the chief medical officer.
The assessment is based on a series of factors, including the prevalence of the coronavirus, the number of new cases and the potential course of the disease in this destination.
According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the contagion has infected more than 10 million people and killed more than 521,000 worldwide.
The United States is the most affected country with more than 2.7 million cases and more than 1,28,000 deaths. The United Kingdom has more than 285,000 cases with more than 44,000 deaths.
COVID-19, which originated in the city of Wuhan in China in December of last year, also hit the world economy, with the International Monetary Fund saying the world economy is expected to experience a “severe recession”.
Scientists are racing against the clock to find a vaccine or medication for its treatment.