UK to announce list of countries to travel without quarantine soon – Minister

par Sarah Young

LONDON, May 4 (Reuters) – The UK is set to publish the list of countries to which Britons will be allowed to travel on holiday as well as the procedures that will be in place to ensure their travel is safe, said Tuesday the Minister of Commerce, Liz Truss.

The European Union on Monday recommended an easing of restrictions for foreign citizens vaccinated and from countries where “the epidemiological situation is good”, which gives hope for a resumption of travel from the United Kingdom to Europe soon, without quarantine at the start.

According to sources, the UK government is expected to release the list on Friday, just after local elections are due on Thursday.

Travel for the holidays could then be authorized again on May 17 at the earliest.

While Heathrow, the UK’s largest airport, is worried about an influx of travelers that would cause long queues at customs controls, the government says it is working on digitizing vaccine certificates to speed up procedures.

“We have to make sure everything is in place at airports and be sure we have the right mechanisms before moving forward,” Liz Truss added to Sky News.

The tourism sector benefits from the announcement of the European Union. The title TUI TUIT.L, the world’s leading tour operator, rose 5% on the stock market in the morning, while those of the airlines easyJet EZJ.L, Jet2 JET2.L and IAG

ICAG.L, the owner of British Airways, earned between 2% and 4%.

(Sarah Young, French version Hayat Gazzane, edited by Jean-Michel Bélot)

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