Travellers from Malaysia or Brunei arriving in the UK will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days.
The two countries were added to the Government’s list of destinations from which passengers arriving in England do not need to self-isolate for two weeks.
But the move is not likely to see UK holidaymakers travelling to the countries in the near future.
Malaysia sees around 360,000 British nationals visiting the country each year but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website says that entry for foreign nationals is prohibited at this time except for travellers holding particular residency visas and employment passes.
The FCO also states that entry to Brunei is “severely restricted”.
Meanwhile it’s thought France may be removed from the Government’s quarantine exemption list later this week because of a spike in coronavirus cases.
The Government states it will publish a weekly update.
Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas were removed from the ‘safe list last week “following data showing a significant increase in confirmed cases”.
Boris Johnson is standing firm on quarantine measures saying on Monday that ministers will “not hesitate” to reimpose the quarantine requirement for arrivals from more countries if required.
Meanwhile travel trade association ABTA has confirmed that Voyager Systems (Travel Division) Limited ceased trading on August 7.
It added that the “vast majority of customers” will be booked on a holiday provided by a tour operator so their holiday can still go ahead.
The tour operator had sold holidays to destinations including Spain, Portugal and the US – countries that had seen demand drop because of quarantine rules.