Grant Shapps criticises SNP’s ‘approach to aviation’
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The Government has issued the latest travel updates today confirming Britons who have received their COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed to travel to amber list countries for leisure this summer.
The new measure comes into place at the end of the month.
From July 19, double-jabbed travellers will be able to go on holiday to amber list countries without having to quarantine for 10 days on return.
Most European countries, including Britain’s favourite holiday spots, were on the UK’s amber list.
This move means holidaymakers can now visit destinations such as Spain, Croatia or Greece.
Children under 18 years old won’t need to quarantine on return from an amber country either.
However, Britons will still have to pay for at least three COVID-19 tests on their return, which have a cost of approximately £100.
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Mr Shapps warned that travel rules in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland will be different to those in England.
“I can confirm today that from the July 19, UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England,” he said today.
“They’ll still be required to take a test three days before returning, the pre-departure test, demonstrating they’re negative before they travel, and a PCR test on or before day two, but they will no longer be required to take a day eight test.
“In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same.
“To be clear, a full vaccination means 14 days have passed since your final dose of the vaccine, and it’s also important to note that health matters are devolved, so decision-making and implementation may differ across the UK administrations and we’ll continue to work with the devolved administrations to ensure we achieve our shared objectives of safe, sustainable and robust return to international travel.”
Mr Shapps added: “I don’t underestimate for a second just how difficult the last 16 months have been for those who have not been able to travel to see their families, and the tourism and for the aviation sector itself, of course, and no minister, let alone Transport Secretary, would want to ever curtail freedom and ask people not to travel.
“But protecting public health has rightly been and will continue to be our overriding priority of this Government, and that’s why we introduced some of the toughest border measures in the world.
“But we are now, thanks to our brilliant vaccination programme, in a position where we can start to think about how we live with coronavirus while returning life to a sense of normality.”
He continued: “Children under 18 returning from amber list countries will not have to isolate on their return nor take a day eight test. Children between the ages of five and 10 will only need to take a day two test – and, as before, children four and under will be exempt from all testing and isolation requirements.”
About the NHS vaccine passport, he said: “More than 30 countries and territories are now recognising vaccine certification as part of entry requirements – either accepting a proof of vaccination letter or the NHS app itself, and we will continue to increase that number so the NHS app becomes the natural default.”
The transport secretary also said: “From July 19, we will remove the guidance that people should not travel to countries on the amber list. This means people will be able to travel for leisure, business and to see family in amber list countries.”
However, Mr Shapps warned “An amber list country could still turn red necessitating a change in behaviour when we return to the UK,” meaning hotel quarantine could become a requirement.
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