Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced this evening on Twitter that certain professionals will now be exempt from self-isolating when returning to England from countries not on the travel corridor list. Mr Shapps said “high-value” business travellers returning to England from 4am on Saturday will no longer need to self-isolate even if they have visited a destination not on the travel corridors list. Mr Shapps said on Twitter: “New Business Traveller exemption: From 4am on Sat 5th Dec high-value business travellers will no longer need to self-isolate when returning to ENGLAND from a country NOT in a travel corridor, allowing more travel to support the economy and jobs. Conditions apply.”(sic)
“There are strict criteria, including working for a business of 50+ people, but it’s the further quashing of #quarantine.”
Currently, nearly all people arriving in the UK from destinations not believed to be at low risk of coronavirus are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
The change in policy comes into force at 4am on Saturday.
It comes as the UK approved a coronavirus vaccine for widespread use this week.
The announcement made the UK the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for use within days.
The travel sector has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic after the virus halted travel companies and airlines at the beginning of the year.
News of a vaccine has provided the industry with valuable hope that the travel sector will be able to fully kickstart soon.
Many British holidaymakers have been eagerly waiting for a vaccine to arrive so they can kickstart their travel plans.