Germany will advise its citizens against travel to the UK because of the government’s coronavirus quarantine regulations.
Angela Merkel’s government announced it will lift its general warning against international travel for much of Europe from June 15, when Germany’s borders are set to reopen.
But it will issue special advice that travel to the UK is “strongly discouraged” because of the requirement that all international arrivals self-isolate for 14 days.
The move will come as a blow to the British government as it seeks to negotiate “air bridge” agreements to enable quarantine-free travel with countries deemed at low risk from the virus.
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, said the Foreign Office was leading bilateral talks with European countries to discuss the possibility of air bridges or corridors that would allow tourists to sidestep the UK quarantine.
MPs are united in their condemnation of Ms Patel’s quarantine plans.
Boris Johnson last night pushed ahead with his quarantine policy, despite his chief scientific adviser declining to back the plan explicitly.
As the quarantine plans were formally presented to Parliament, the Prime Minister faced criticism for forcing “unnecessary economic isolation” on Britain with the policy, described by one airline boss as “shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted”.
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