LONDON - Travellers arriving in the UK from dozens of countries no longer have to self-isolate for two weeks from Friday.
The rules are being relaxed for arrivals from more than 60 countries and British overseas territories.
Unless you have visited or made a transit stop in any other country or territory in the preceding 14 days, you don’t need to self–isolate on your return to England from the following countries and territories:
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
the Channel Islands
the Isle of Man
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
St Kitts and Nevis
St Pierre and Miquelon
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Vatican City State
This list may be added to over the coming days following further discussions between the UK and international partners.
However, Scotland still requires people travelling from Spain to quarantine - unlike England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Foreign Office's advice against taking a cruise holiday remains in place.
From Friday morning, people arriving in the UK from France, Italy, Belgium, Germany and dozens of other countries will no longer have to spend 14 days in quarantine.
But people who arrived from those countries at an earlier point in the last two weeks will still be expected to complete their period of isolation, the government said.
On Friday, the UK government changed its advice for Serbia, no longer allowing travellers to return without quarantining.
Scotland, which from Friday has also made face coverings mandatory in shops, has said it will continue to quarantine passengers from countries with a higher prevalence of Covid-19 than its own.
It means people arriving in Scotland from Spain will still face quarantine rules. The Scottish government said data from the UK government showed the prevalence of the virus in Spain is 330 people per 100,000, compared with 28 people per 100,000 in Scotland.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the "difficult decision" was necessary to protect Scotland from a resurgence of the virus. She said travellers could not bypass the restrictions by flying to airports in England and sample checks would be carried out.
The quarantine rules were introduced in June, with travellers asked to nominate an address where they would self-isolate, with fines of up to £1,000 for those who failed to comply.(FA)