The European Travel Commission (ETC) has condemned the tough travel enforcement measures announced by the UK government on Tuesday.

As well as two mandatory tests after arrival and obligatory hotel quarantine for travellers from 33 Covid hotspots, the new rules include heavy financial penalties and up to 10 years in jail for non-compliance.

The ETC, the association representing the national tourism organisations of European countries, said it is calling on the UK to “reconsider these drastic measures urgently”.

Luís Araújo (pictured), ETC president, said: “Travellers are not felons and should not face several legal repercussions for arriving back home from another country.

“Throughout this crisis, we have learned that blanket restrictions are not the way forward, especially in countries with already high levels of community transmission.

“It is crucial to strike a balance between sensible public health measures and preserving connectivity and citizens’ mobility.”

He said the ETC backs vaccinations, plus testing on arrival and departure, along with efficient tracing systems and hygiene measures.

“We are calling all the national and international organisations in the travel and tourism sector to firmly condemn these measures and support solutions which are universally beneficial to the industry and to international relations,” he added.

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