Summer holidays abroad will be opened up for vaccinated Britons under plans being considered by the Government, The Telegraph understands.
Officials are drawing up proposals that could allow people who have had both Covid jabs to avoid having to quarantine on their return from amber list countries although they will still have to be tested.
The change would effectively turn amber countries green for the vaccinated, opening up the possibility of quarantine-free travel to most major holiday destinations in Europe and the US.
The proposals to ease the restrictions for vaccinated people are said to be at an early stage.
Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, who has fought for tough border restrictions, is said to be “open” to the change. “They haven’t definitely got there yet, but that’s the direction of travel,” a senior source told The Telegraph.
It came as Boris Johnson was attacked by Tory MPs in the Commons on Wednesday over his failure to end Covid restrictions as expected on June 21. On Wednesday evening, 49 Tory MPs rebelled against the Prime Minister to vote against delaying the final lifting of lockdown. Despite the rebellion, the Government won by 461 votes to 60.
The plans are expected to be ready to be discussed by the Cabinet Covid operations committee within the next fortnight, potentially in advance of a June 28 deadline when ministers have pledged to review the current traffic light system for testing and quarantining travellers.
Officials are still working on whether any new regime would be limited to returning Britons or apply to all arrivals, what exemptions there could be for those who could not be vaccinated and whether children under 18 should be exempted given that they will not have been jabbed by July 19.
“It is still at an early stage and it is not clear whether it will be worked out in time for the end of the month.
There is an awful lot to do.
The devil is in the detail,” said a source. A government spokesman said: “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.”
Many followers ask what the June travel timeline looks like:
24th-no changes to green list
28th-first milestone review to say those fully-jabbed won’t need to self-isolate from amber countries.
This will finally follow #US and #EU. Changes to take effect late July. At last! 👍
— Paul Charles (@PPaulCharles) June 16, 2021