Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced today that Brits who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed to travel to amber list countries with no quarantine requirements on return.
He made the announcement in an address to MPs in the House of Commons this morning.
The change – which is to come into force on the country’s so-called ‘Freedom Day’ on 19 July – will open up some of Europe’s top holiday destinations including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and more.
This means that the requirements for green and amber list countries are to be the same for “fully vaccinated travellers”.
Mr Shapps began his statement to MPs by saying he does not underestimate how difficult the past 18 months have been for people who have been unable to travel to see their families and for the aviation sector, but said that it’s thanks to the vaccination programme that the country is now in a position to look at returning life to a sense of normality.
“I can confirm today from 19 July UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England.” Mr Shapps confirmed.
While there will no longer be a requirement t take a test of day eight, Mr Shapps stated that fully-vaccinated travellers will still be required to take a pre-departure test three days before they travel, and a PCR test on or before day two.
He said this applies up to 14 days after people have received their second jab.
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