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
Airlines launch legal challenge.
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.
TUI AG (LON:TUI) said today it was joining the legal action with travel association ABTA also considering whether to sign up.
Virgin Atlantic, British Airways’s parent company IAG, and the Manchester Airport Group are already signed up to the writ.
Countries in the EU have already started to open up travel arrangements with a digital passport recently agreed that will allow fully vaccinated tourists to avoid tests or quarantines.
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