UK : Quarantine to end for vaccinated travellers
UK officials have strategised a plan which is expected to come into force this month under which British travelers who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine will no longer need to isolate when they return home from moderate risk countries.
Instead of isolating at home for 10 days, travelers will be told to take Covid-19 tests after arrival under the new rules, which are due to be finalised on Thursday and could take effect as soon as July 19, people familiar with the matter said. At present, travellers arriving from a country on the amber list, which includes top tourist destinations Spain, France, the United States and Italy, are required to isolate on arrival.
Several European countries have said that they will accept the vaccine version of AstraZeneca that has been produced in India, known as Covishield, during the border controls due to the frustration of Britons who unwittingly received the vaccine.
Such an announcement has been made after it was revealed that more than five million Britons who were administered the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India (SII) may have to follow the quarantine and testing requirements upon arrival in EU countries as the EU Digital COVID Certificate could only be used by those who have been immunised with a dose approved by the European Medicines Agency.
After over 15 months of travel restrictions, airlines and the travel industry want Britain to relax strict rules which have kept its finances in the doldrums.