Shapps confirms end of quarantine for vaccinated travellers from amber countries

Transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has confirmed vaccinated travellers returning to England from amber checklist nations will not need to self-isolate from later this month.

Speaking in Parliament this morning, he mentioned: “I can confirm today from July 19th, UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England.”

Travellers will nonetheless need to take a pre-departure check three days earlier than they go and a PCR check on or earlier than day two of their return. 

Shapps mentioned the modified would apply to individuals 14-days after their second jab.

Travellers can even not be required to take a day eight check, which means the necessities for inexperienced and amber checklist nations are the identical.

Under the brand new guidelines, youngsters below the age of 18 coming back from amber-list nations is not going to need to isolate on their return, nor will they need to take a Covid-19 check on day eight.

Children between the ages of 5 and ten will solely need to take a day two check, and as earlier than, youngsters aged 4 and below are to be exempt from all testing and isolation necessities.

Shapps added that he recognises the journey guidelines for youngsters have been an enormous concern for households, and he’s “delighted” to have the ability to supply them reassurance on this.

The minister confirmed the federal government can even take away the steering that individuals mustn’t journey to nations on the amber checklist.

“This means that people will be able to travel for leisure, for business and to see families in amber list countries,” he mentioned.

Responding to the information, Stewart Wingate, chief govt of Gatwick Airport, mentioned: “Plans to open up journey to amber nations for many who have obtained each doses of the NHS vaccine with out the necessity for quarantine is one other small step in the proper path. 

“However, with summer time holidays simply across the nook, we’re approaching a vital time for our trade, and we urge authorities to take away different boundaries inhibiting worldwide journey, together with the necessity for pricey PCR assessments for many who have been double vaccinated. 

“At the very least, if assessments are required, they need to be the extra available lateral stream assessments or PCR assessments carried out freed from cost at an NHS facility, as has been accomplished in France. 

“We would also urge government to urgently follow the lead of EU counties to ensure that internationally agreed, coordinated protocols are in place so that processes when crossing borders to other countries are as smooth as possible, with no unnecessary queues, checks or costs.”

There shall be no modifications to the principles for arrivals from crimson checklist nations, will travellers anticipated to spend ten days in a authorities permitted resort, at their very own expense.

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