Shapps confirms no quarantine for fully vaccinated amber list returnees in England

New rules to come into effect from 19 July potentially opening up many tourist hotspots to English holidaymakers

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Last modified on Thu 8 Jul 2021 06.46 EDT

Holidaymakers from England travelling to amber list countries will not have to quarantine on return if they are fully vaccinated, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced.

The announcement, which will take effect from 19 July, could open up swathes of European tourist destinations such as Spain, Portugal and Greece to travellers, though countries could impose their own quarantine rules on arrivals from England.

The move is also likely to mean younger travellers may be excluded from many summer breaks. The government currently aims to have offered two vaccinations – with an eight-week gap – to all over-18s by mid-September.

The change will potentially open up travel to 140 amber list countries, including the majority of tourist destinations, though some countries impose strict limits on UK travellers and even those that allow quarantine-free travel may require significant paperwork or negative tests.

Travellers will still have to take pre-departure tests and will be required to take a PCR test on day two of their return. It will mean the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same. The government will count full vaccination as meaning 14 days have passed since the final dose of a vaccine.

Children under 18 arriving from amber list countries will not have to isolate on the return.

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