England will open its borders to allow US and EU travellers who are fully vaccinated against Covid to enter without the need to quarantine.
The plans, which is a boost to the aviation and tourism sectors, were confirmed today by the government.
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At a glance: 5 key points
- Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the new rules will be in place from 4am on Monday August 2.
- The Cabinet minister said: “We’re helping reunite people living in the US and European countries with their family and friends in the UK.”
- It has not been announced whether the change will apply to people arriving in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Currently, only travellers who have received two doses of a vaccine in the UK are permitted to enter from an amber country – such as the US and most of the EU – without self-isolating for 10 days, except those returning from France.
- But ministers have decided to extend the exemption to those vaccinated in the US and the EU.
What’s been said
Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, told the PA news agency: “The significance of this decision can’t be overestimated.
“It will pump vital cash into the travel economy, and help salvage the rest of the summer.
“Inbound visitors deliver billions of pounds to the economy and they can be welcomed safely.
“It’s especially good news for our airlines who need to fill their seats across the Atlantic.”
The Department for Transport has committed to a formal review of its rules for arriving travellers before Sunday – ahead of the next traffic light travel list review on 4 August.
Since July 19, people arriving in the UK from amber list locations, such as the US, needed both doses of a vaccine in the UK to avoid the requirement to self-isolate for 10 days. The rules exclude those who have been inoculated elsewhere in the world.
It comes as a new category for travel – named the amber plus list – was recently introduced, with France currently the only country on this list.