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The 14-day quarantine will be eased in a matter of days, opening up holidays for British nationals after months stuck at home, according to a senior Tory MP.
Treasurer of the 1922 Committee and Conservative MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown told BBC’s Today programme: “By June 28 or thereabouts we will have had some negotiations on air corridors with countries that have lower rates than ours.”
He went on to say it does not make a lot of “rational sense” to quarantine countries with lower infection rates than the UK at this late stage of the pandemic.
"If we are going to do it, we should've done it much earlier. But there we are. We've got it. But I think it will be eased from June 28 or thereabouts,” he said.
This comes as President Macron makes a state visit to the UK today. Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab raised hopes of a UK/France 'air bridge'.
“We want to open up as soon as we safely and responsibly can and we will look at all the mechanisms to do so and of course we’ll have a good conversation with the French,” he said. “I’ll be in Berlin tomorrow so we’re talking to all of our European partners about these things.”
三级成人视频Follow all today’s travel news below.
What happens if I ignore quarantine rules or FCO travel advice?
T三级成人视频he FCO advises against "all but essential travel", and you will be put in quarantine for 14 days on arriving in the UK.
But what actually happens if you break the rules? Emma Featherstone investigates.
Dominican Republic to reboot tourism on July 1
Following from the news that Cuba is reopening next month, neighbouring Caribbean country Dominican Republic has announced that it will be ready to receive international visitors from July 1st.
"The Dominican tourism industry is ready to start receiving visitors from July 1 in a responsible manner and complying with the recommendations of national and international organizations on hygiene, disinfection and social distancing," said the Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier García.
Check out our calendar of when the key destinations around the world are due to reopen.
Florida’s tourism businesses fear second shutdown as cases soar
On Tuesday (June 16), Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings三级成人视频 warned a ‘second wave’ of restrictions was possible if Central Florida residents didn’t observe recommendations for social distancing and face masks, and other civic leaders have echoed his comments.
Medical Director Dr Todd Husty of Seminole County – immediately to the north of Orlando – went even further. He insisted: “This is definitely a spike. We have more cases; we have lots more cases. And it is escalating. It’s not getting better, so that’s very disturbing.”
As the epicentre of Florida’s tourism, which attracts 75 million visitors a year, Orlando has been most heavily affected by the pandemic, with around 100,000 redundancies since March 15, but the economy had been showing signs of a slow improvement since early May, when the state went into its Phase 1 reopening.
The so-called 'quarantine' for trips to France is an unenforced farce
Says our consumer expert, Nick Trend.
There is a huge irony to today’s visit by President Macron. It marks the 80th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s broadcast to his occupied homeland after the 1940 Nazi invasion of France, one of the most poignant symbols of the incredibly close connections between our two countries. Yet it comes at a time when our own government is doing its best to stop us from crossing the Channel.
The Foreign Office - in its wisdom - still advises indefinitely against all but essential overseas travel. It effect, it deems it too dangerous for us to visit even this most safe and friendly of our neighbours, one of our favourite holiday destinations, a country which has a far lower incidence of Covid-19 than the UK and which can be reached either by train or by ferry or shuttle in the comfort and safety of your own car. Not only that but, extraordinarily, the FCO still says officially: “If you live in the UK and are currently visiting France, you’re strongly advised to return now by commercial means.”
And if we brave the FCO caution then we are condemned not only to two weeks of self-isolation when we get back, but two weeks of self-isolation on arrival. This is the tit-for-tat arrangement introduced by France when the UK announced its quarantine rules would apply to travellers returning from all countries.
Read his full article here.
Can you visit the US?
A三级成人视频lmost five million Britons visited the United States in 2019, to perennially popular cities such as New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New Orleans, but also – thanks to more regular direct flights to smaller cities in recent years – a rising number to the likes of Nashville, Austin and Denver too.
In 2020, however, the picture is dramatically different. On March 14, the US closed its borders to all travellers arriving from Europe – including the UK – or anyone who had visited Europe in the past 14 days. The ban is still in place, along with visitors from China, Brazil and Iran.
But in spite of coronavirus rates continuing to climb in almost half of its states, the US is rapidly opening up to domestic tourism. It’s a complicated picture, as not only does each of the 50 states have its own reopening timeline, but each region and county does too, and what’s included in each phase of reopening also varies state to state.
Cuba to restart tourism on July 1
C三级成人视频uba has announced it will resume international tourism on July 1, with holidaymakers able to book as of today (June 18), according to a report in Cuban newspaper Escambray (in ).
Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz said Cuba's all-inclusive resorts on Cayo Santa María, Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Cruz and Cayo Largo will be the first to open, served directly by charter flights from Europe and Canada.
Wondering what tourism will look like in Cuba, in the post lockdown world? Read the full article here.
PM to discuss 'air bridge' with Macron
Emmanuel Macron is expected to urge the UK to drop its 14-day travel quarantine policy as Boris Johnson三级成人视频 raises the prospect of an air bridge with France this summer.
Mr Johnson is due to discuss travel across the English Channel when the French President arrives in London today to mark the 80th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's historic broadcast to rally the French Resistance.
三级成人视频After meeting the Prince of Wales, President Macron is due to meet the Prime Minister in Downing Street for a 45-minute meeting.
W三级成人视频hilst the agenda has not been published, Mr Johnson said earlier this week he would "obviously" discuss the ability of French and British citizens to "travel freely to and from each other's countries".
Mr Macron is also said to be preparing to urge the UK to revisit its quarantine policy, which is widely loathed by Tory MPs and business leaders.
Cornwall tourism suffers £630m lockdown loss
A三级成人视频 council report published yesterday said it might take "many months, if not years" for the county to return to previous levels of growth.
It also suggested that more than 72,000 jobs could be at risk in Cornwall due to the pandemic – 27% of all jobs – of which 29,000 (40%) were in the accommodation or food service industries.
The report estimated that, by the end of June, Cornwall's economy will have seen a loss of £630m since lockdown began.
Where will we travel this summer?
As the government holds talks with European countries, including France, Portugal and Greece三级成人视频, about bilateral travel agreements to exempt quarantine rules, we take a look at the runners and riders for an 'air bridge', which are due to be announced towards the end of next week.
Are ferries really the ‘safest form of public transport’?
Ferry company Stena Line has introduced new safety measures that ensure ferry travel is the "safest form of public transport".
三级成人视频The new measures include social distancing, 'fog machines', fresh sea air being circulated inside cabins, and the recommendation of wearing face coverings.
Chief executive Niclas Martensson said:
“Ferry travel is the only mode of transport where you can social distance, so it is no surprise that we are now seeing an increase in bookings due to the expected reduction in lockdown restrictions."
London city airport to restart flights
L三级成人视频ondon City is preparing to resume flights on Sunday June 21 and, according to a survey, their passengers are raring to go. It showed that:
- 79% are very likely or quite likely to travel once told it is safe to do so
- 42% plan to travel for leisure in the next three months
- 41% will take a flight for business in the next three months
CEO of London City Airport, Robert Sinclair, said:
三级成人视频“This clear early demand from our passengers to get back to flying is really encouraging. It shows a desire to not only enjoy a holiday soon after nearly three months of lockdown, but to get back to business travel as well. We have worked hard to create a safe environment at the airport, so they can get back to flying in confidence.
三级成人视频"At the same time, we have been careful not to sacrifice the speed through the airport which passengers have always valued and is now more important than ever, as these results show. We will also be making a number of announcements with our airline partners in the coming weeks which we hope passengers will be excited by”
What did we learn yesterday?
- BA has become the latest airline to ban booze (but only for economy passengers)
- Norwegian is returning to the sky from July 1
- Israel will reopen to tourists from August 1, with Greeks the first to be welcomed
- Malta could welcome travellers in July after its flag carrier announced a major relaunch of routes
- Australia may be off-limits to Britons until 2021
Now, on with today’s news from around the world.