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Coronavirus: Everything you need to know about air bridges

Air bridges have been proposed as a way of ensuring more travellers can be excluded from the incoming 14-day quarantine.

The quarantine rules come into force on June 8 and people arriving in the UK from overseas, except from the Channel Islands, Isle of Mann or Ireland, will be told to isolate for 14 days in a bid to prevent coronavirus cases being introduced into the country.

The new quarantine rules have caused unease in the Tory ranks and been condemned by businesses.

One of the ways around a quarantine could be to create air bridges, so what are they and how would they work?

  • What is an air bridge?

Air bridges – also known as “travel corridors” – would involve passengers travelling between the UK and specific destinations not needing to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the UK.

The UK is set to enforce quarantine rules on June 8 – these are already in place in other countries in Europe.

Passengers travelling between the UK and overseas would have to quarantine for 14 days.
Passengers travelling between the UK and overseas would have to quarantine for 14 days.
  • What countries have proposed them with UK?

The air bridges would be implemented on routes between countries deemed at low-risk of spreading coronavirus.

Visit Britain chief executive Patricia Yates has said the tourism industry would benefit from air bridges with countries such as the US, France, Germany and Italy.

So far, Portugal is the only country in discussions with the UK about air bridges so tourists can avoid being quarantined.

Augusto Santos Silva told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that “quarantine is an enemy of tourism”.

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