Quarantine free Europe holidays for double jabbed ‘from July 26’

Brits who have had both Covid-19 vaccines could travel to Europe quarantine-free from July 26, according to reports.

The government is aiming to remove the restrictions for the double vaccinated in time for the first week of the school summer holidays, the Times has reported.

Under the plans, people who have had both doses of the coronavirus vaccine will not need to quarantine on their return to the UK from amber list countries.

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The rule would initially only include UK residents with access to the NHS but the plan is to extend it to all EU citizens, the Mirror Online reports.

The government is also seeking for other European countries to also ease the Covid restrictions on British travellers abroad.

A government source told the Times: “The big focus for us is Europe now.

“All European ambassadors have been told to go lobby.”

Logistical obstacles over the plans include at what point people will have their Covid certificates checked, although Vision Box, the company that runs the UK’s e-passport gates, has reportedly said it has the technology in place to scan the certificates.

UK authorities are said to be in the process of agreeing a deal which would see EU countries recognise the NHS app in return for allowing the European digital green card.

The app would also show the holder’s Covid status through testing. It would enable them to go into countries that allow quarantine free travel with a negative PCR test, like Spain.

Sajid Javid’s appointment as health secretary is believed to have quickened up the process for bringing about quarantine-free travel.

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A minister told The Times: “The intention is that it will be in place by the first week of the summer holidays.”

The possibility of travel between the UK and the US opening up this summer is less likely as the Americans do not have a digitalised system in place.

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