Fully-vaccinated Brits may ‘avoid quarantine after international holidays’

It has been reported that Britons who received both doses of coronavirus vaccine could avoid quarantine measures as part of government plans to resume international travel.

Boris Johnson is expected to signal on Monday that overseas travel will be returning with restrictions based on a traffic light system that rates countries as red, amber or green based on Covid infection rates, vaccination rates and the prevalence of variants.

Reluctance to adopt the vaccine in parts of mainland Europe may result in traditionally preferred continental destinations being perceived as higher risk among British vacationers than in the US and Israel, where vaccination rates are good.

Overseas holidays are currently banned due to the UK’s coronavirus lockdown measures, but Boris Johnson plans to make an announcement on Easter Monday about the lifting of restrictions in England.

The Telegraph reported that those returning to the UK are expected to have Covid tests before leaving, regardless of their vaccination status. This is based on plans by the government’s global travel task force.

Travelers who received both bumps may need fewer testing after returning from low-risk countries and may not need to be quarantined for 10 days after staying in medium-risk countries.

It comes after the Times reported Friday that travel to and from Red List countries would be banned, despite the fact that the Sun newspaper said at the time that those returning to the UK from such destinations will have to pay to quarantine -Hotels to stay overnight as they are the current situation for the worst hit countries.

Both newspapers said that countries on the green list would be exempt from quarantine measures.

Any restrictions could put further pressure on the British to avoid international travel in favor of a domestic vacation, as concerns about leaving the UK could increase the risk of introducing mutated strains of coronavirus.

Scientific experts have repeatedly said that summer stays this year should be encouraged over foreign holidays.


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