Quarantine-free travel from amber list countries for fully-vaccinated people is ‘absolutely something’ the Government is ‘working on’, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed.
“It’s absolutely something we’re working on and it’s something I want to see,” he told Sky News.
“When I’m in a position to be able to say something then we will do,” he added.
The Health Secretary said the move hasn’t been clinically advised yet, but it would see the current 10-day isolation replaced by daily COVID-19 testing.
Mr Hancock said the Government is ‘working on plans to essentially allow the vaccine to bring back some of the freedoms that have had to be restricted to keep people safe’.
“After all, that’s the whole purpose of the vaccination programme, that’s why it’s so important that every adult goes out and gets the jab,” he said.
This would mean people who have had two jabs could travel to countries like France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and the United States and not have to self-isolate when they get back.
When asked whether new guidance would be in place by August, Mr Hancock said: “We’ll get there when it’s safe to do so, we want to do this right.”
He said the Government is ‘on track’ to reopen further on 19 July but said freeing up international travel is ‘more difficult’, echoing comments made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday that 2021 will be ‘difficult one’ for international travel ‘whatever happens’ with COVID.
Mr Hancock also said that the main NHS app will be ‘important’ in the future, with countries likely to need Britons to prove their vaccination status before entering.
“Six million people have now downloaded the main NHS App and on that you can show whether you have had the jabs,” Mr Hancock said.
“It’s important because we know other countries are going to say that they want proof that you have been vaccinated before you go.”
“So, when travel is opened up, we are going to make sure people have got that ability to prove it.”