Double-bitten UK tourists could skip Amber List quarantine under proposals | Coronavirus
British travelers who have received two Covid vaccines could be allowed to enter England without quarantine under plans being considered by ministers, according to the Guardian.
As the government strives to allow more overseas travel while trying to prevent the importation of new variants, changes are being considered to the traffic light system under which places are classified according to of their Covid case and their jab rate, determining if and how people are coming from it. must isolate.
Only a handful of countries are on the green list without isolation, with 50 territories on the red list – meaning arrivals must stay in a quarantine hotel for 14 days.
The Orange List, which includes the vast majority of countries and to which Portugal has recently been added, has caused much more confusion. Official government advice urges people not to visit these places, but there is no law in place to prevent people from arriving and quarantining themselves at home for up to 10 days, or use the test system to leave their home on day five.
Currently, travelers leaving the UK are allowed to use the NHS app to prove their vaccination status and end quarantine in some countries.
But in a move that will be seen as further encouraging people to get both vaccines, the Guardian has been told ministers are considering easing travel restrictions for the Amber List to allow anyone who has received two Covid vaccines to d ‘escape quarantine. Those who have not been fully vaccinated would still face the same restrictions currently in place for Amber List countries.
Health secretary Matt Hancock would be open to the idea, according to the Telegraph. It follows a government announcement that Covid vaccines will be mandatory for social workers.
The suggestion that travelers might have more of an incentive to get stung has also sparked speculation about the future of the traffic light system and, if it remains in place, what the likelihood is that travelers will be allowed to visit them. Red List countries – given the obstacles to their return – for the remainder of 2021.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May last week accused ministers of putting in place a chaotic system of restrictions on international travel. She complained: “We are falling behind the rest of Europe in our decisions to open … It is incomprehensible that one of the most vaccinated countries in the world is the one that is most reluctant to give to its citizens the freedoms that these vaccinations should support.
Chris Grayling, the former Conservative transport secretary, also said the government’s decisions would cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and leave the aviation industry “decimated for the future”.
Former health minister Stephen Hammond accused the government of ignoring the data and making “illogical” choices regarding the green, orange and red lists.