Covid: Travel industry demands easing of UK Covid rules

Lawrence Kim
Июня 23, 2021

Speaking earlier on BBC Breakfast, health secretary Matt Hancock said plans to scrap the 10-day isolation period for people who have had two doses of vaccine and replacing it with daily tests are being piloted.

Matt Hancock confirmed ministers are looking at how to scrap the requirement for people to isolate for 10 days on return from an amber list country.

His remarks follow UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicating on Monday that things were "looking good" for July 19 to be the "terminus point" for England's coronavirus restrictions, even as he warned of a rough winter ahead.

Hancock told Sky News that the government did want to let people have a family holiday, but only when it was safe to do so.

"After all, that's the whole objective of the vaccination programme, that's why it's so important that every adult goes out and gets the jab", he said.

Data confirming that vaccines are more than 90% effective against hospitalisation from the fast-growing Delta variation should be considered when measures that apply to each tier of Britain's traffic light system for travel are reviewed on June 28, it said.

"When I'm in a position to be able to say something more concrete, then we will do, but it is absolutely something we're working on, it's something I want to see", he added. "The failure to adopt a similar approach risks the United Kingdom falling further behind the EU's reopening of global travel, including the critical trans-Atlantic market".

"Six million people have now downloaded the main NHS App and on that you can show whether you have had the jabs", Hancock said.

'It's important because we know other countries are going to say that they want proof that you have been vaccinated before you go.

"This effectiveness has been recognised by Europe, which is now opening its travel and leisure markets by introducing waivers from testing and isolation requirements for fully vaccinated persons, including arrivals from major markets such as the United States", it said.

"When it comes to travel we will certainly be looking at that, but I want to stress that this is going to be, whatever happens, a hard year for travel".

"There will be hassle, there will be delays, I am afraid, because the priority has got to be to keep the country safe and stop the virus coming back in".

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