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UK quarantine for arrivals from Spain could be cut to ten days, say reports

UK quarantine for arrivals from Spain could be cut to ten days, say reports
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  • A scheme being considered by the British government would include a test eight days after arrival and, if negative, the individual would be able to stop self-isolating two days later

The two-week quaratine imposed on travellers arriving in the UK from Spain and other countries with high Covid-19 incidence rates, could be reduced to ten days, say reports.

According to British newspaper The Telegraph, the British government could announce a new policy for arrivals from high risk countries this week. This could involving testing people eight days after their arrival date and in the case of a negative test they would be allowed to stop self-isolating two days later, reducing the total quarantine time to ten days, says the report published on Monday.

The United Kingdom announced on Saturday that all travellers arriving from Spain would have to self-isolate for 14 days. The measure was taken, said the government, due to the rate of increase in new Covid-19 cases in Spain, especially in the northern regions of Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra.

Despite lobbying from the Spanish government to remove the obligation for travellers returning from some Spanish regions with lower rates of Covid, London went one step further on Monday and extended its advice against all non-essential travel to include the Spanish islands as well as the mainland.

The decision has caused dismay among the tourism industry on the Costa del Sol and has led to massive cancellations of holidays to Spain.