Bristol Post

Amber list travel restrictio­ns eased


CHILDREN and adults who have been fully vaccinated against coronaviru­s will not have to quarantine on their return from amber list countries to England from July 19.

Airlines welcomed the plans as a positive step to open up foreign holidays after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made the announceme­nt to MPs yesterday.

Holidaymak­ers from the UK who have received two jabs from the NHS will no longer be required to self-isolate for 10 days on their return to England from destinatio­ns on the amber list from that point.

Mr Shapps said under-18s will also be exempted from the requiremen­t and that the guidance not to travel to countries on the amber list will be lifted from July 19, when the majority of restrictio­ns are expected to be eased in England.

He said people returning from holidays from amber destinatio­ns, such as France, Spain and Portugal, will still be required to take a Covid-19 test three days before returning.

They will also have to take a test on or before the second day of their return, but will be exempted from the day-eight test.

He told the Commons: “In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers the requiremen­ts for green and amber list countries are the same.”

Airlines welcomed the changes, which the Transport Secretary said “may differ” in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye said: “This is excellent news that will give a muchneeded boost to millions of people across Britain looking forward to a more normal summer and reuniting with family and friends abroad.”

While the announceme­nt is for UK residents only, Mr Shapps said ministers are “working to extend our approach to vaccinated passengers from important markets of holiday destinatio­ns later this summer, such as the United States and the EU”.

Johan Lundgren, easyJet’s chief executive, said: “We have always said that vaccinatio­n is the key to unlocking travel and now millions will finally be able to reunite with family and loved ones abroad or take that longawaite­d trip this summer.

“But with unnecessar­y testing staying in place, more needs to be done. We do not want to see a return to flying being a preserve of the rich, and expensive testing could sadly make travel out of reach for some this summer.”

British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle welcomed the “common sense approach”, adding: “While the quarantine requiremen­t for amber countries is being lifted for fully vaccinated UK travellers, the Government needs to quickly extend this to all vaccinated travellers, agree a reciprocal deal with the US, add more countries to the green list and reduce the need for unnecessar­y, expensive tests,” he added.

Tim Alderslade, chief executive of the Airlines UK industry body, welcomed the announceme­nt as a “positive move towards the genuine reopening” for the ailing sector.

 ??  ?? Ibiza-bound holidaymak­ers at Newcastle Internatio­nal Airport this week
Ibiza-bound holidaymak­ers at Newcastle Internatio­nal Airport this week
 ??  ?? Transport secretary Grant Schapps
Transport secretary Grant Schapps

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