After the prime minister refused to say whether holidays abroad this summer would be possible, travellers and businesses have deplored the indefinite imposition of mandatory 14-day self-isolation for arrivals to the UK.The home secretary, Priti Patel, told MPs that from 8 June, most arrivals at UK airports, ferry ports and international rail terminals will be required to self-isolate at home, a hotel or “other suitable place” for two weeks.
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The home secretary, Priti Patel, has confirmed to MPs that the quarantine scheme will go ahead as intended.Starting on 8 June, most travellers travelling to the UK by air, sea or rail will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. The obligation applies to returning holidaymakers as well as foreign visitors to the UK.
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As countries across Europe open up to tourists, Portugal's foreign minister has indicated that talks are in progress with the Home Office to bypass the UK’s impending quarantine rules.Later today the home secretary, Priti Patel, will give MPs more details of plans for mandatory self-isolation for arrivals in the UK from 8 June.
As prospective holidaymakers and the travel industry wait to hear detailed plans for 14 days of self-isolation for arriving travellers, two warring Cabinet ministers appear to have confirmed that quarantine will be a “three-week wonder”.From 8 June, many arrivals to the UK will be required to self-isolate for two weeks. The travel industry says quarantine has stifled summer bookings for both inbound and outbound tourism, and will trigger thousands of job losses.
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As the government presses ahead with its quarantine plans and business warn of closures and job losses, the health secretary has declined to comment on an emerging “air bridge” plan to avoid 14 days of self-isolation.From 8 June, most arrivals at UK airports, ferry ports and international rail terminals will be required to self-isolate at home, out of direct contact with family and friends, for two weeks.
The message from Delta Airlines sounded innocuous enough. “Delta has temporarily consolidated operations in some markets served by multiple airports.”At a time when carriers around the world are cutting jobs in multiples of 1,000, and the UK government seems fixated on twisting the knife with its quarantine plan, a bit of temporary consolidation sounds almost benign.
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As the government briefs the travel industry about its quarantine plans, Britain's biggest budget airline has announced the cancellation of most of its summer flights.Up to Monday, a majority of easyJet’s planned departures were shown as operating. But the reservations database has now been filleted, leaving just three out of 10 of the original schedule still flying.
We were 20. Actually, I was still a teenager, not to turn 20 until halfway through our trip. It was to be our first real taste of independent travel.My best friend, Julia, and I were desperate to go to the Greek islands. We had talked about nothing else all year, while all year our parents tried everything to talk us out of it. They wanted us to go to France – much safer, they said – as if that was going to change our minds.
As airline, ferry firms and holiday companies prepare for the impact of the UK’s first global quarantine scheme, Tory MPs are stepping up their campaign against the measures.From 8 June, most people arriving at UK airports, ferry ports and international rail terminals will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. As this will affect returning holidaymakers, travel sales for the summer have dried up.
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As travellers head for the UK ahead of the imposition of quarantine, Britain’s airlines have sent ministers a list of the 45 nations that they want to be exempt.Downing Street and the Home Office are insisting that the plan for arrivals to self-isolate for two weeks must start on 8 June, despite many assertions that it is “too much, too late”.
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One week before the UK’s first blanket quarantine is imposed, The Independent can reveal that at least two million people will qualify for exemption because of their jobs.According to the wording in the government's list of exemptions, bus drivers, dentists and police officers will be among the professions to dodge 14 days of self-isolation when they travel to the UK from 8 June onwards.
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