Travel: Vaccinated amber list holidaymakers may not need to isolate

Rules are going to be eased for those who have had both vaccine doses (Picture: Getty/Rex)

Those travelling from amber list countries will soon not need to isolate if they’ve had both vaccine doses, Boris Johnson has confirmed.

But he stopped short of announcing how the scheme may work, and said the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will provide more detail later in the week.

The travel industry has long been calling for tough rules to be relaxed, to allow more people to go abroad over the summer.

It’s felt those who have high levels of protection from the virus after having had two doses should be safely able to visit places where the prevalence of the Covid is slightly higher.

Currently only a handful of destinations are on the green list, where people can visit without needing to quarantine on their return.

All major European countries and the United States remain on the amber list, with anyone travelling back from these countries forced into a 10 day quarantine period.

Speaking at the Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson said: ‘We will maintain our tough border controls including the red list and, recognising the protection offered by two doses, we will work with the travel industry to work towards the need for fully vaccinated arrivals to isolate on return from an amber country.’

Mr Johnson has been outlining how the country will look after July 19, if he gives the go-ahead for lockdown to end.

He’s announced a new five-point plan that will end all legal restrictions and give people the choice to make their own decisions on how to stay safe.

Uncertainty over what rules will be in place has hampered the travel industry so far this summer.

Destinations including Portugal were moved from the green to amber list, meaning thousands had to cancel their holiday at short notice.

Passengers arrive at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, before Tuesday's 4am requirement for travellers arriving from Portugal to quarantine for 10 days comes into force. Picture date: Monday June 7, 2021. PA Photo. Fears over new variants being imported into the country were behind the Government's decision to switch holiday destination Portugal from the green list to the amber list suddenly last week, with Britons scrambling for flights home before the deadline. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

The travel industry has suffered due to the restrictions that have been in place (Picture: PA)

The change in rules is likely to come too late for many who have already chosen to spend their holidays in the UK this year.

But the announcement has been welcomed among industry experts as a significant step forward.

Gary Lewis, CEO of The Travel Network Group, which represents independent travel businesses said: ‘This is an immensely positive, sensible announcement with significant potential for the outbound travel industry. The vaccine has broken the link between rising infections rates and hospitalisation and deaths, and this is the confidence we need to move forward and embrace our freedoms again.

‘We now need the Transport Secretary to deliver the detail and unlock the pent up demand these freedoms will bring.’

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