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Quarantine rules ‘to be scrapped’ for red list countries

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Original article from Kent Live

Those flying into Britain from red list countries could soon find quarantine rules scaled back significantly.

Anyone currently arriving from a red list country would be spending £1,750 per person to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days.

Travellers who remain airside of the 'travel hubs' and do not physically enter the country are exempt from this rule, however.

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But new rules could mean that travellers no longer have to quarantine on their return from countries such as Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, as LancsLive reports.

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The news comes ahead of restrictions for fully-vaccinated EU and US citizens reportedly being lifted.

It had also been reported that an agreement was soon to be reached, according to a government source.

The Telegraph reports that a source said: "We are close to agreement and it will be announced in the next week or so."

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has written to Boris Johnson demanding the easing of restrictions.

The Prime Minister was reportedly told that the current border restrictions were "out of step with our international competitors".

It was also claimed that the border policy was damaging the tourism industry as well as the wider economy.

According to the Sunday Times, Sunak said the out of step border policy was having a damaging impact on jobs.

Paul Charles, the chief executive of the travel consultancy The PC Agency, echoed those sentiments: “The infection rates in the hubs have fallen. Opening them up is vital to the future success of aviation.

“Aviation has grown in recent years on the back of strong interconnectivity at these hubs. Without them, the airlines cannot operate at anything like the capacity they need.

“It would be major progress if they opened the hubs for transit passengers but it is only when they come off the red list that it will make a true difference to the travel sector.”

Senior ministers are set to analyse data in the coming days ahead of the next update of the traffic light system for foreign travel.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to announce which countries are safe to visit on Thursday.

The Sun reports a Whitehall source who said: "You would have to be crackers to book a holiday to a place knowing that it could go on to the red list at any moment.

"If you have already booked to go there you are going to spend your whole holiday worrying whether you are going to have to make a dash to the airport to get home."

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