In a statement, the government said the move would allow people to “holiday abroad this summer, and also provide a vital lifeline for UK travel operators and those whose jobs rely on the travel industry.”
It added that a full list of the low-risk countries will be published next week and travel to those destinations will be able to resume the following week.
“Our new risk-assessment system will enable us to carefully open a number of safe travel routes around the world – giving people the opportunity for a summer holiday abroad and boosting the UK economy through tourism and business,” a government spokesperson said.
“But we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if any risks re-emerge, and this system will enable us to take swift action to re-introduce self-isolation measures if new outbreaks occur overseas,” the spokesperson added.
Countries’ risk is calculated using factors including the “prevalence of coronavirus within the country, our confidence in the reliability of their data, and crucially the trajectory of the disease in the country,” a government statement read.
“Low risk countries in the green and amber categories will be exempt from public health measures at the border,” it added.
The 14-day quarantine will remain for international arrivals from “countries not yet considered to be safe, as well as requirements for all passengers entering the UK to supply their contact information,” it added.