Published on : Thursday, June 17, 2021
The fully vaccinated British travellers could head off on summer holidays abroad under fresh plans to open up travel again. It’s understood that officials are drawing up plans to allow fully-vaccinated travellers to head away on sunshine breaks – without the need for quarantine upon their return.
And amber list countries – which currently include Portugal, Spain and Greece – would be on the list of places would-be holidaymakers could go.
The change would effectively create a brand new travel green list for anyone who has had both COVID-19 jabs.
And it means top destinations in Europe and the United States could reopen to tourists.
However, the proposals – which come over a week after Portugal was put on the amber list, causing chaos for thousands – are at a very early stage.
And surprisingly, Matt Hancock, who has previously argued for tougher borders, is said to be “open” to the scheme.
The proposal will be discussed within the next fortnight – and possibly ahead of a new deadline of June 28, when ministers have pledged to review the current, and much-loathed, traffic light system. The officials are still looking into the details – including whether a new rule would be limited just to Brits, or to all arrivals, and what exemptions could apply to those without vaccinations.
They’re also considering how to work around children under 18. The health chiefs are set to recommend that youngsters don’t yet get the jab until much more is known about any potential risks.