The Covid travel rules still in place for fully vaccinated Brits

People who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine will soon be able to return from amber list countries without having to quarantine, the Transport Secretary announced today (July 8).

Speaking to the House of Commons, Grant Shapps confirmed the new rules, which will allow anyone who can prove their vaccine status to be able to return to the UK without quarantining as long as they continued to get tested, will come into force from July 19.

People aged under 18 will also be exempted from the requirement and the guidance not to travel to countries on the amber list will be lifted from July 19, when the majority of restrictions are expected to be eased in England.

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However, some caveats will continue to apply – even if you’ve had both jabs.

To be fully vaccinated means 14 days must have passed since your final dose of the vaccine, to allow the immunity to build up.

Those who have participated in UK clinical trials of the vaccine are also considered to be fully vaccinated, even if the vaccine being trialled has not been officially approved.

People returning to the UK will also have to take a Covid-19 test.

Mr Shapps said people returning from holidays from amber destinations, such as France, Spain, and Portugal, will still be required to take a Covid-19 test three days before returning.

They will also have to take a test on or before the second day of their return, but will be exempted from the day eight test.

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Mr Shapps continued: “In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same.

“It’s also important to note that health matters are devolved, so decision-making and implementation may differ across the UK administrations and we’ll continue to work with the devolved administrations to ensure we achieve our shared objectives of safe, sustainable and robust return to international travel.”

Mr Shapps acknowledged how difficult it was for people who have not been able to travel, especially to see family, and for the travel and aviation sectors, but said safety was a priority

He said: “We are now, thanks to our brilliant vaccination programme, in a position where we can start to think about how we can live with coronavirus while returning life to a sense of normality.”

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He added that “as one of the world’s most vaccinated countries”, the UK must “use these advantages to restore many of the freedoms lost over the many months” of the pandemic.

Children under 18, who are not yet able to get vaccinated, do not have to isolate on their return or take a test on day eight after their arrival.

Those under 10 will only need to take a day two test, and those under five do not have to be tested.

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