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Coronavirus: Travel restrictions may be eased for Britons who have had both jabs

Coronavirus: Travel restrictions may be eased for Britons who have had both jabs

Author: Joel Griffiths | Thursday 17th June 2021

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The UK government are considering a partial relaxation of restrictions surrounding international travel, for Britons who have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

A spokesperson at Downing street stated: “working with industry for a safe return to international travel, guided by one overwhelming priority – public health”.

They added: “Recognising the strong strategic rationale and success of the vaccine programme, we have commenced work to consider the role of vaccinations in shaping a different set of health and testing measures for inbound travel."

This could mean that holiday makers who are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine upon their return from destinations including the US and countries across Europe.

Jesse Norman, the financial secretary to the Treasury was asked whether Britons should be so hasty write off a trip abroad this summer. These developments, of course, follow on from government urges to holiday within the British aisles this year.

Mr Norman said: "We are trying to move cautiously and progressively in the right direction, so I wouldn't write anything off at this point.

"But then we are in a situation where the virus is not something we control and we have seen this new Delta variant, so it would be imprudent to make any carte blanche or firm statement now."

At present, Britons are being advised not to travel to "amber list" countries – including popular hotspots such as Spain and France – as government guidelines state they must quarantine at home for 10 days upon return.

The introduction of relaxed rules for vaccinated Britons could mean breaks to amber list countries would be permitted as the summer holiday season begins.