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Fully Vaccinated Tourists Returning To England From Amber List Countries Won’t Have To Quarantine

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Fully Vaccinated Tourists Returning To England From Amber List Countries Won’t Have To Quarantine

Holidaymakers, we have some good news.

Those who are double-jabbed and returning from a country on the Amber List will no longer have to quarantine, when they arrive back in England.

The news was confirmed by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who addressed parliament today with a number of changes to the the current travel restrictions.

Holidays to orange countries dont need quarantine (Credit: Unsplash)
Holidays to orange countries dont need quarantine (Credit: Unsplash)
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The new agenda will come into effect from 19th July, when the majority of England's coronavirus restrictions will be scrapped.

Under 18's, regardless of their vaccination status, will also be exempt from quarantine.

Mr. Shapps did however stress that returning tourists will still need to pay for PCR tests before and after their return.

"To be clear, a full vaccination means 14 days have passed since your final dose of the vaccine," he said.

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Grant Shapps addressed parliament with updated travel rules (Credit: PA Images)
Grant Shapps addressed parliament with updated travel rules (Credit: PA Images)

"In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same."

'Fully vaccinated' has been defined by the UK government as two weeks having passed after receiving your second jab.

Mr. Grants added that there is also a chance of any amber list country being reclassified as a 'red' list country, which will result in hotel quarantine becoming mandatory.

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Several favoured holiday destinations, such as mainland Spain and Greece, currently sit on the amber list.

The current rules would mean people are required to isolate for 10 days and pay for tests upon their return.

It's also worth considering that other countries have their own entry requirements.

Being double jabbed wipes the need for quarantining from amber list countries (Credit: PA)
Being double jabbed wipes the need for quarantining from amber list countries (Credit: PA)
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Over-12s travelling to Spain need a negative test or proof of vaccination, while France only permits the unvaccinated to travel for "essential" reasons.

England's move to drop need for the vaccinated to quarantine has since drawn criticism from MP Caroline Lucas, who serves as the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus.

"Dropping quarantine without... additional protections in place risks leaving the country dangerously exposed to new variants that could undo our hard-won progress against the virus," she said.

Topics: UK News, Coronavirus, travel

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