The travel industry is anxiously awaiting Thursday’s update on the UK government’s measures for arrivals from foreign countries.
Malta and the Balearic Islands have been tipped as part of a “handful” of changes as ministers are keeping regulations tight after the end of lockdown in England was postponed from 21 June to 19 July.
If they make it, travellers from these destinations won’t have to quarantine for ten days once they arrive in the UK starting on Tuesday 29 June.
Companies have also been lobbying the government to drop self-isolation requirements for travellers coming from amber countries if they have been fully vaccinated.
Boris Johnson said double jabs “offer a good way forward”, the BBC reported, though he specified this summer wouldn’t be like any other.
However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pushed for tighter restrictions for people coming from the UK over concerns on the Delta variant, as cases continue to climb in Britain.
“In our country, if you come from Great Britain, you have to go into quarantine – and that’s not the case in every European country, and that’s what I would like to see,” she told the German parliament.
Italy has imposed a five-day quarantine to travellers from the UK, however Spain, Greece and Portugal have not imposed new measures. Fully vaccinated travellers don’t need to quarantine in France.
Meanwhile, England is due to drop the mandatory mask use and social distancing measures on 19 July, when lockdown ends. Plans will be confirmed on Monday 5 July.
There were 15,882 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with 19 deaths.