Travel restrictions are to be relaxed in England next week to allow many international visitors to avoid mandatory quarantine on arrival.
People who have been fully vaccinated in either the United States or the European Union will not need to isolate when arriving in England from an amber list country, from 4am on Monday. Arrivals from France will be exempt from the change and still face tougher restrictions.
People travelling to England will still need to take an approved coronavirus test before their departure and another test on the second day after their arrival.
Announcing the change, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said;
“We’ve taken great strides on our journey to reopen international travel and today is another important step forward. Whether you are a family reuniting for the first time since the start of the pandemic or a business benefiting from increased trade – this is progress we can all enjoy.”
“We will of course continue to be guided by the latest scientific data but thanks to our world-leading domestic vaccination programme, we’re able to look to the future and start to rebuild key transatlantic routes with the US while further cementing ties with our European neighbours.”
It is thought the announced changes will likely be adopted by all four nations of the UK, though this is yet to be confirmed.
The move comes while the coronavirus case rate in the UK is falling, but is higher than in most other countries around the world. On Wednesday, a further 27,734 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the UK, while 91 deaths with 28 days of a positive coronavirus test were also reported.