The Government is said to be “discussing” ways in which it could relax quarantine rules for fully vaccinated arrivals entering the UK from the US and European Union (EU). It would mean arrivals from these regions, both UK citizens and international visitors would be able to avoid 10 days of mandatory self-isolation if they could provide evidence of being double-jabbed.
With more people receiving the vaccine around the world, a scientist has said the latest plans to further relax travel rules are “sensible”.
Professor Denis Kinane, founding scientist at Cignpost ExpressTest said: “It would be sensible at this point in the pandemic to relax quarantine rules for those travelling from amber list countries.
“Those vaccinated here and abroad are a lower risk to themselves and their families so allowing them to travel here without quarantining is entirely justifiable.”
However, Professor Kinane believes testing remains a powerful weapon in the UK’s arsenal.
The latest quarantine rule changes come at a time when Britons are still subject to 10 days of self-isolation at home if they are pinged by the Government’s track and trace app for having been in the vicinity with some who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Those pinged must isolate even if they do not test positive for Covid.
This rule is set to change from August 16 for those who have received both doses of the vaccine 14 or more days previously.
It is not clear whether or not the relaxed travel rules for the EU and US will come into force at the same time.
“It’s about making progresses, seeing how the vaccines have been really effective and that’s why domestically we still want more and more people getting the vaccine,” Ms Coffey told Sky News.
“From August 16 we anticipate that people in this country who have been double jabbed and had 14 days since their second jabs will move into a new phase where they can continue everyday life.
“The reason for going that bit longer, the further four weeks after July 19. when we entered successfully into the road map, is to again give time to allow the effects of the vaccine to be made fully available.
“That’s why we will continue to have this approach which is sensible, allows people to go about their lives, but is still encouraging people to get the vaccine.”