The UK Government is still advising against non-essential travel at the current time. However, in recent days there have been a number of signals to suggest global travel will soon start to be permitted under UK lockdown rules.
It is understood the UK is currently in the middle of discussions with a number of countries about possible “air bridges” with the UK.
These so-called air bridges are being discussed only with nations who now have low cases of COVID-19 transmission.
France, Italy and Spain will be the first nations people will be allowed to travel to, it has been reported.
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According to the Guardian, Germany and Austria are also being considered for potential air bridges by the UK Government.
Greece, Turkey and Croatia are also under consideration, with Greece’s tourism minister Haris Theoharis telling BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme this week: “The final decision, from the UK and our point of view, will be in place in the next few days and I’m hoping the announcement will be positive from both sides.”
Soon UK tourists could be allowed to visit Portugal as well, as both countries have agreed to potentially allow an air bridge.
The Government recently introduced strict rules on foreign travel, with anyone arriving back from outside the UK subject to a two-week mandatory quarantine.
The measures were introduced to help prevent a second spike in infection, but the move has faced some criticism.
Should an air bridge be established between the UK and another European nation, it would remove the need for mandatory quarantine upon arriving back in the UK.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is believed to currently be in discussions with other cabinet ministers about when to allow Brits to travel to other nations.
Details of the first air bridges involving the UK are expected to be announced on June 29.
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What airport restrictions will be in place in the future?
For people who need to travel via airports at the moment, the Government has outlined strict guidance people have been told to follow both in the airports and on flights.
People should wear face coverings at airports and must follow the advice issued by airline staff on where to sit, how to queue and on how to check-in.
As more people begin to start travelling again, it is likely many restrictions will remain in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for some time.
Myles Quee, travel expert at Send My Bag, told Express.co.uk: “While the Government continues to advise against all non-essential air travel during the pandemic, those who do choose to travel for whatever reason should keep safe by regularly washing their hands and carrying hand sanitizer at all times (provided the container meets the hand luggage restrictions on liquids).
“Choosing a window seat or staying in your seat for the duration of the flight can also help to minimize the spread of COVID-19 via droplets spread by passengers and cabin staff moving up and down the aisle.
“A face mask will also become an essential item for any traveller.
“Ryanair has already announced that they will be compulsory for the airline’s crew and passengers as it plans to restore up to 40 percent of its flight schedule from July.
“Along with temperature checks on arrival and departure, face masks have been shown to be among the most effective measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in air travel.”
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