End to quarantine for vaccinated travellers under consideration, says Hancock

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The government is working on a plan to allow fully vaccinated people to travel more freely, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said today in an apparent contradiction of comments from Boris Johnson yesterday.

Hancock told Sky News the plans are not yet finalised though the Times reported that an announcement might come as soon as Thursday with fully vaccinated travellers no longer having to quarantine for ten days after visiting an amber list country.

“It is absolutely something we’re working on – it’s something I want to see,” Hancock said.

Shares in the airlines rose on the reports even though Boris Johnson had warned yesterday travellers face a difficult year and “there would be hassle”.

Airline bosses have been outspoken critics of the government’s traffic light system, especially following the addition of Portugal to the amber list earlier this month.

Spain, France, Italy and Greece are also on the amber list, which requires tend days of self-isolation and Covid-19 tests before travel and on days two and eight after returning.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has repeatedly called for a vaccine-based approach and has started legal action to get changes to the systems pointing out the UK has overseen one of the most successful vaccine roll-outs with 80% of adults receiving at least one shot.

Countries in the EU have already started to open up with a digital passport recently agreed that will allow fully vaccinated tourists to avoid tests or quarantines.

Ryanair (LON:RYA) shares rose by 1.3% to €16.66, easyJet (LON:EZJ) 2.5% to 997.4p and Wizz Air (LON:WIZZ) by 2.1% to 5,084p.

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