Quarantine-free travel between Britain and some other countries could become a reality as early as the end of this month if coronavirus infection rates at home continue to drop.
The Government is understood to be considering so-called “air bridges” to enable people to travel without having to spend two weeks self-isolating on their return.
At present, all international arrivals – apart from people carrying out a limited number of specified roles – from Monday would need to quarantine for 14 days. The plan has been fiercely criticised by travel and hospitality businesses, and ministers are believed to be considering the introduction of air bridges when the policy is reviewed three weeks after it comes into force.
Agreements would have to be reached with other countries before the new policy could be introduced but insiders say EU states are ready and willing to participate as it is in their interests to do so as much as the UK.
Unhindered air travel would bring a massive boost to Spain’s travel and tourism industry, holidaymakers are at present holding back on bookings and are waiting for the green light before making any commitments. Hopes are that July will bring an end to the emergency lockdown in Spain and the rest of Europe. Spain has recently said UK holidaymakers will not be welcome until the rates of infection are much lower and seen to be in control in England.