Yesterday, 8 July, Grant Shapps MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, updated the House of Commons on the latest changes to the Government’s international travel quarantine regime for arrivals from amber countries.
From 19 July, fully vaccinated UK residents arriving in England from amber list countries will be able to avoid quarantining. While they will still be required to take a pre-departure PCR test and the day 2 post-arrival test, they will no longer have to take the day 8 test.
With no need to self-isolate on the return home, safe travel to countries around the world will become viable for tourism and business by removing a significant barrier to international travel. On the same day the Foreign Office will also be lifting the advice against travelling to amber list countries – opening the door for tourism to countries such as Spain and Greece.
ADS has previously called for full vaccination to unlock quarantine-free travel and this is a welcome and much needed move. It is an important step which will go a long way to restarting international travel and supporting the aerospace and aviation sectors in the UK, underpinning jobs and investment across the UK.
There is, however, more work still to be done – key destinations such as the US are still not open to travellers from the UK, and the cost of the day 2 test could remain a prohibitive cost for many potential travellers.
Commenting on the changes to amber list travel, ADS Chief Executive Kevin Craven said:
Allowing fully vaccinated travellers arriving from amber list countries to avoid self-isolation is a very important step to restoring the UK’s essential global connections.
This announcement builds on the hugely successful vaccination programme and will be welcome news to aviation and aerospace employers.
There is more needed to enable a full return to international travel, as restrictions will remain in place when the wider economy fully reopens later this month. We hope to see continued progress on reopening key travel routes including vital links with the US, cutting the cost of passenger testing, and establishing international recognition of Covid certification for travellers.