MPs are “working on” quarantine-free travel to amber list countries
Ministers are planning to allow quarantine-free travel to amber list countries for fully vaccinated travellers, Matt Hancock has revealed.
The health secretary said that the government was “working on” how to end the requirement for 10 days’ isolation for double-vaccinated Brits on return from an amber list country, even though the move “hasn’t been clinically advised yet”.
“When I’m in a position to be able to say something then we will do, but it’s absolutely something we’re working on and it’s something I want to see,” he told Sky News.
If these plans get the go-ahead, Brits with both Covid jabs could enjoy quarantine-free travel to top holiday destinations, including Spain, Greece, France, Italy, Portugal and the US.
When asked if these plans could be in place by August, Hancock said: “We’ll get there when it’s safe to do so.”
Hancock added that the government was keen to allow “the vaccine to bring back some of the freedoms that have had to be restricted to keep people safe”.
He said: “Thankfully, because of the vaccination programme, we have been able to free up a huge number of the restrictions here at home. We are on track to deliver the step 4, the further openings, on July 19, which is good.”
Almost 31.5 million Brits have now received both doses of a Covid vaccine, which is 47.1% of the adult population.
Most European countries are currently on the amber list, meaning that travellers must quarantine for up to 10 days when they return to the UK.
Only 11 countries are on the green list, including Iceland, Gibraltar, Singapore, Israel and Australia.
The next update to the green list was expected on Thursday June 24, but a government spokesperson has said that this could be delayed until Monday June 28.