QUARANTINE TO BE SCRAPPED FOR FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

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-Details about how and when fully vaccinated travellers can return from certain countries without having to quarantine are to be set out later.
-Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will make a statement to MPs this morning.
-Currently, those arriving in the UK have to follow strict rules regardless of their vaccine status, and anyone returning from countries on the amber or red list must isolate for 10 days.

A recent news article published in the BBC by Francesca Gillett & Hamish Mackay states that International travel changes for fully vaccinated people to be set out.

•Rules to be eased as soon as possible

Travel bosses have called for the rules to be eased as soon as possible.

The UK’s traffic light system for international travel is still in force. Fewer than 30 destinations are on the green list – meaning travellers do not have to self-isolate when they get back to the UK but they do have to pay for Covid tests.

More than 50 countries are on the strictest red list, which requires arrivals to pay to self-isolate in a hotel for 10 days.

But most places – including several holiday hotspots such as mainland Spain, Greece and the US – are on the amber list. People returning from these countries must quarantine for 10 days and pay for tests.

•Rules to change for people double-jabbed

The government has already said it was planning to scrap the need to quarantine for those who are double-jabbed and returning from amber countries.

But it has not set out how it would work, when it would happen, and whether unvaccinated children would also be able to avoid quarantine if their parents are fully vaccinated.

In addition to relaxing the rules around isolation for travellers, Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the BBC that the health secretary was considering a “more proportionate and balanced approach” to isolation for Covid contacts.

It comes amid fears that surging cases across the UK will lead to millions of people being asked to self-isolate during the summer, even if they have been fully vaccinated.

“I recognise people’s frustrations with this. I have spoken to the health secretary and he’s also aware of this,” Mr Sunak told BBC Breakfast.

“He’s looking at the difference between the two systems [contact tracers and the NHS app] and seeing what might be a more proportionate and balanced approach to this.”

Source: BBC