UK takes ‘next step’ and allows fully-jabbed US and EU travellers to skip quarantine

Therese Coffey discusses quarantine for travellers

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Mr Shapps has confirmed vaccinated travellers coming from an amber list country will be able to skip quarantine from August 2.

At the moment, the UK only allows travellers who have had their vaccine administered by the NHS to skip quarantine.

However, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps, announced today: “We’re helping reunite people living in the US and European countries with their family and friends in the UK.

“From August 2 at 4am people from these countries will be able to come to England from an amber country without having to quarantine if they’re fully vaxxed.

He continued: “The changes will apply to fully vaxxed people with an FDA or EMA vaccine.

“They’ll still need to do the usual pre-departure test before arrival and take a PCR test on day 2 of returning to England.

Mr Shapps also announced the restart of international cruises will take place next month.

“We’re also able to confirm the restart of international cruises and flexible testing programmes to help key workers and drive our economic recovery.

“Whether you’re a family or a business, this is progress we can all enjoy.”

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Speaking on Sky News, Mr Shapps said: “We are ahead of other countries in terms of double vaccination. Other countries have had to catch up with the speed of our own vaccination programmes.

“To make this meaningful approach part of is waiting for other countries and partly, of course, we wanted to check that our approach to allowing people that have been vaccinated in the UK to go away and then come back again that was all working.

“We always put the security of the country first given how much we’ve all gone through.

“We wanted to make sure that the systems are working, we are now able to take the next step and help people to meet up perhaps with family and friends that haven’t seen in a long time,” he explained.

When asked if the US and Europe will reciprocate, he said “that depends.”

“We can only set the rules for our country, and people should always check the rules on the other side.

“We are saying ‘you can come here, you can come as a tourist, you can come to see friends if you have been double-vaccinated without quarantine’.

“But we can’t change that on the other side but we do expect that in time they will release that executive order.”

At the moment, the US is not allowing UK visitors to enter the country.

When being asked about France, Mr Shapps said they will be reviewing the country moving from amber plus to amber at the end of next week.

At the moment, dully-jabbed Britons coming back from France have to follow a 10 day isolation period.

Mr Shapps also said the next travel list review will take place next week, when more countries could be added to the green list.

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