Airbridge announcement: When will air bridges be announced?

Lockdown conditions are being eased slowly across Britain, and now ministers have begun talks with European countries to permit air bridges between the UK and some “core” locations. This would allow Britons to fly without having to quarantine – and open up the chance for a summer holiday.

The countries which are being discussed in relation to air bridges must have a small enough rate of infection to allow British people to travel there and back without having to undergo 14 days of self-isolation on their return.

Anyone who does not comply can be fined £1,000 in England, and police are permitted to use “reasonable force” to make sure they follow the rules

Currently, any arrivals to the UK must quarantine, giving information to officials when they land detailing where they will be staying.

A Government source said: “[Air bridges are] subject to intense scrutiny and it is a priority matter for the government, there’s no doubt about that.”

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When will air bridges be announced?

According to the BBC, air bridges will be announced tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30.

Although the official list of countries has not yet been issued, it is thought these countries will almost definitely be in partnership with the UK:

  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Germany

Longer-haul destinations will be harder with the potential for flight changes in countries where infection levels may be higher.

However, another potential air bridge option is Australia.

Henry Smith, Conservative chairman of the all-party Future of Aviation group, said the plan for air bridges was a “welcome first step” but urged the Prime Minister to widen the bridges to the whole of the EU.

He told the Telegraph: “EU countries have had a similar, if not better, coronavirus experience than us.

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“I think that is the most straightforward and eloquent way to approach it.”

Greece’s tourism minister said on Friday his country hopes to be able to set up an “air bridge” with Britain which would allow British tourists to visit from mid-July.

Britons are among the biggest national groups visiting Greece every year but flights from the UK, which has seen a high rate of COVID-19 infections, are currently barred from Greek airports until at least June 30.

Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis said: “I think that the most realistic prospect is around the middle of July to remove barriers from both sides.”

He adding Greece was also waiting for European Union guidelines on the issue.

Mr Theocharis said: “We will keep looking at the (epidemiological) data and confirm this perhaps a few days before the middle of July.”

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