Grant Shapps has announced the Government’s latest rules on foreign travel. People in England will be allowed to travel to countries on the amber list for leisure from July 19. This means that English tourists will be able to go on holiday to or see family and friends in France, Portugal, the US and more.
Children under 18 years of age will not have to self-isolate on return to England from an amber country either.
This means that children can travel with double-jabbed adults and adhere to the same rules as them when back at home in the UK.
However, Mr Shapps stressed that due to Britain’s devolved governments, rules in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland are different to those in England.
Speaking from the Commons today, the transport secretary said: “I can confirm today that from the July 19, UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England.
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“They’ll still be required to take a test three days before returning, the pre-departure test, demonstrating they’re negative before they travel, and a PCR test on or before day two, but they will no longer be required to take a day eight test.
“In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same.
“To be clear, a full vaccination means 14 days have passed since your final dose of the vaccine, and it’s also important to note that health matters are devolved, so decision-making and implementation may differ across the UK administrations and we’ll continue to work with the devolved administrations to ensure we achieve our shared objectives of safe, sustainable and robust return to international travel.”
Mr Shapps added: “I don’t underestimate for a second just how difficult the last 16 months have been for those who have not been able to travel to see their families, and the tourism and for the aviation sector itself, of course, and no minister, let alone Transport Secretary, would want to ever curtail freedom and ask people not to travel.
On proving vaccination status, Mr Shapps said: “More than 30 countries and territories are now recognising vaccine certification as part of entry requirements – either accepting a proof of vaccination letter or the NHS app itself, and we will continue to increase that number so the NHS app becomes the natural default.”
The transport secretary also said: “From July 19, we will remove the guidance that people should not travel to countries on the amber list. This means people will be able to travel for leisure, business and to see family in amber list countries.”
But Mr Shapps warned “an amber list country could still turn red”, meaning hotel quarantine would become a requirement.
Full list of countries on the amber list:
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue
Greece (including islands)
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
Portugal (including the Azores) (Madeira is on the green watchlist)
Sao Tome and Principe
Spain (including the Canary Islands) (The Balearic islands are on the green watchlist)
St Kitts and Nevis
St Martin and St Barthélemy
St Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and the Grenadines
United States (USA)
Wallis and Futuna
Author: Mared Gruffydd
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