The UK government have announced that vaccinated travellers from the EU, and the US will not have to quarantine when arriving in parts of the UK
The UK government is “increasingly confident” that more countries will soon be added to both the amber and green COVID-19 travel lists, Dominic Raab has now said.
The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has said that he believes the opportunities for international travel can within the near future be opened up further as “the momentum forward is positive”.
Raab also did not rule out the possibility of the popular holiday hotspot for the British public, Spain, moving to a different category in the government’s traffic light travel system at the next review point a week on Thursday.
“We’ve done the job we had to do domestically and as we see other countries catch up if you like, I think we are increasingly confident that more countries will go either on amber or on to green,” he said to Kay Burley on Sky News.
This comes after The government has already announced that those who have received two doses of the vaccine will no longer be required to self-isolate after they have come in contact with someone who tests positive for the coronavirus from the 16th of August.
Pressed on whether or not Britons wanting to book trips to Spain would be safe to do so, the foreign minister added: “I can’t rule things out that the JBC (Joint Biosecurity Centre) and the government will decide but they’ll make that decision next week in terms of the traffic light system for all the relevant countries.”
On Wednesday, the government had announced that the fully vaccinated population of travellers from both the EU, as well as the US will not be required to quarantine when arriving into either England, Scotland and Wales from one of the UK’s amber list countries.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that this new change would come into force from 4am on the 2nd of August and that applicable passengers must have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine authorised by either the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Dominic Raab said there is the “right level of security and assurance” to allow this loosening of the quarantine restrictions for EU and US travellers to take place.
“We keep an eye on the variants, but because of the 70% double vaccination of our population and because we are insisting only people from the US, the EU and perhaps in due course, as we build up confidence in the system other countries, we proceed on that basis,” he said.
“Because it is people who are double vaccinated we believe we have got the right level of security and assurance against people who might be at risk of a variant coming in from abroad.”
This comes after the UK’s NHS is currently as stretched now as it was at the pandemic’s peak back in January and things could be getting even worse, health leaders in the country have now said.
The announcement came following a COVID-19 Operations meeting, which was attended by senior cabinet ministers.
The Department for Transport has confirmed that separate rules will continue to apply for those who are arriving from France and that the measures announced on Wednesday “will be kept under review and be guide by the latest data”.
It also reiterated that while some of these restrictions will remain in place, travellers “should expect their experience to be different and may face longer wait times than they are used to”.
Both Scotland and Wales will also be allowing quarantine-free travel for those who are travelling while fully vaccinated from either the EU and the US from amber-list countries, but Northern Ireland is yet to announce if it will also be relaxing the rules.