INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL UPDATE
The Somerset Guardian, 14th July 2021
Last week, the Transport Secretary wrote to Members of Parliament outlining the Government's plans to progress the safe, sustainable and robust restart of international travel.
Even though some remain apprehensive about the lifting of travel restrictions, it remains the Government’s priority to protect public health in the United Kingdom (UK) and the scope to proceed has been facilitated by the success of the vaccination programme. Therefore, from 19th July a number of changes will be implemented, which will oversee the reopening of international travel.
For those intending to travel to amber list countries the “should not travel” rule will be removed. Furthermore, passengers who have been fully immunised in the UK will be able to travel to amber list countries without having to quarantine upon their return to England or complete a test on or before day eight, provided it is at least fourteen days after having completed their full vaccination course. In practice, this means that amber and green list countries will have the same requirements for those who have been fully vaccinated in the UK.
In contrast, those returning to England from an amber list country who are not fully vaccinated will still need to abide by the standard amber restrictions, including both the day two and eight PCR testing as well as the pre-departure test and self-isolation. Children under-eighteen will also be exempt from self-isolation and the day eight test. They will still need to complete a pre departure and day two test. Children between the ages of five and ten will only need to complete a day two test.
I know that many will be delighted by this news, not just those who have booked holidays but also those whose livelihoods depend upon an open and prosperous travel sector.
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