5-speed listening (Air Bridges - Level 2)

Air bridges open to allow more people to travel






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The word "air bridge" has a new meaning. An older meaning is the walkway that joins an airport departure lounge to an airplane. Now, it also means a way in which people can travel safely between countries in the coronavirus pandemic. It is also called a "travel bubble". Countries that have successfully managed the coronavirus are creating air bridges. The United Kingdom has signed air bridge agreements with other countries. This means there will be no quarantine requirements for those travelling between the UK and these countries.

Travellers to the UK must tell the government of their contact details, travel details and the address of where they will quarantine. Anyone who breaks the 14-day quarantine will get a fine. The UK wants to open its economy and allow more people to enter the country. It wants to allow visitors from France, Greece, Portugal and Spain to enter the country. A newspaper said these countries are "most advantageous" to the UK economy. The newspaper said the UK is also thinking about air bridges with Australia, Bermuda, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Montserrat.

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