Fully vaccinated travellers returning from amber list countries will no longer be required to quarantine from July 19
The Government has announced that from July 19th fully vaccinated individuals, with an NHS administered vaccine, will no longer need to quarantine after returning to England from an amber list country.
However, they will still have to complete a pre-departure test before arrival into England, alongside a PCR test on or before day 2 after arrival.
Children under the age of 18 will also not have to isolate and children aged 4 & under will continue to be exempt from any travel testing.
11 to 18-year-olds will need to take both a pre-departure test and a day 2 PCR and children aged 5 to 10 will only need to do a day 2 PCR.
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said:
“Thanks to our successful vaccine rollout, we’re now able to widen quarantine-free travel to NHS administered fully vaccinated adults and children under the age of 18, and take another step towards fully reopening international travel.
“As we continue with the domestic unlocking, it’s only right we get people travelling again – whether that’s for business to help create jobs, overdue holidays or reconnecting family and friends. However, protecting public health still remains our priority and we will act swiftly if action is needed.”
Health Secretary, Sajid Javid said:
“Vaccinations have severely weakened the link between COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths, building a wall of protection across the country.
“As we learn to live with this virus, due to the tremendous progress of the vaccine programme – with more than 3 in 5 people now double jabbed – we can safely take steps to ease restrictions on travel, as we are doing at home. Allowing quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated people means they can be reunited with loved ones overseas and we can return to normality as quickly as possible.”
The news comes shortly after the Government announced that fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they come into contact with a positive COVID-19 case from the 16th August and that face masks on public transport will no longer be mandatory after 19th July.
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