Boris Johnson says opportunity to travel is "through double jab"
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The Department of Transport has confirmed fully-vaccinated Britons will no longer be subject to quarantine after travel to amber list countries. The news came following the latest traffic light update, which saw the Balearics, Malta, and Madeira all added to the green list.
In a statement, the Department of Transport said the decision to remove quarantine in the coming months is a direct result of the vaccine roll-out progress in the UK.
The Department for Transport said: “In recognition of our successful domestic vaccination programme, and as part of the Global Travel Taskforce’s checkpoint review, our intention is that later in the summer, arrivals who are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine when travelling from amber list countries.
“We expect this to occur in phases, starting with UK residents.”
However, testing for travel is likely to remain.
“They will still be required to take a pre-departure test and a test on Day two, and any positive results will be sequenced to continue to manage the risk of importing variants,” continued a spokesperson.
“At the same time, we intend to remove the guidance that people should not travel to amber countries.”
Amid mounting concerns over how rules will impact under 18’s, currently not eligible for the vaccine in the UK, the Government is said to be looking into ways in which it can allow them to travel safely.
“Pending decisions on whether under-18s should routinely be offered vaccination, we will also take clinical advice on whether regular testing can provide a safe alternative to quarantine for children accompanied by vaccinated adults,” explained the Department of Transport spokesperson.
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“Further detail will be set out next month including the rules which will apply to children and those unable to be vaccinated, how we will operationalise this approach at the border and the dates on which these changes will come into effect.”
At the time of writing, more than 65 percent of the adult population have received one dose of their COVID-19 jab.
More than 47 percent have received both doses and are therefore fully vaccinated.
The latest traffic light review was initially leaked by the Northern Irish executive, before later being confirmed by Downing Street.
While there had been some hope Spain would make it to the list, only the nations Balearic archipelago has so far been listed as green.
The region is home to holiday favourites including Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza.
Malta, Madeira, and a number of Caribbean islands were also added to the list.
The latest traffic light update also saw a handful of nations move to the red list.
As of June 30 Eritrea, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda are on the red list.
This means travel from these nations is restricted to UK citizens and residents.
Those travelling to the UK for essential reasons will be required to self isolate in a Government-approved hotel.
They will also be tested throughout their stay.
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