Grant Shapps says when summer holiday rules will be announced

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has released an update on the summer break detailing when the rules will be announced and the chances of traveling abroad as “good”.

Mr Shapps said the domestic data “continues to look good” to allow limited international travel from May 17 at the earliest.

He told Sky News: “The earliest possible activation is May 17th. In phase three of the activation, we will not have any international travel before that.”

“I have to say that from a UK perspective, the data continues to look good so far, regardless of concerns about where people might travel and making sure we are protected from reintroducing the disease.”

“I’ll set out in early May … which countries fall into the different categories.”

The Spanish tourism minister said the British would be welcome again from June.

Mr Shapps said the NHS app is being worked on to become a health certificate for international travel.

He told Sky News: “Regarding vaccine certification, I can confirm that we are working on an NHS application. In fact, it will be the NHS app that will be used for people booking appointments with the NHS and so on to show that you had a vaccine or had tests.

“I work internationally with partners around the world to ensure that the system can be recognized internationally as this is the way forward.

“I’m actually leading a meeting of the G7 State Secretaries for Transport, my equivalents from America and Canada and all G7 countries on this very topic next week.”


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