Covid: Government set to consider how coronavirus vaccines could allow summer holidays abroad

Officials are considering how being vaccinated twice could open up summer holidays. Credit: PA

Vaccines could allow British holidaymakers to enjoy summer holidays abroad, under plans being considered by the government.

Officials are discussing ways in which Britons who have had both coronavirus vaccine doses could avoid having to quarantine when returning from countries on the amber list, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.

The move could mean the return of holidays to popular hotspots such as Spain and Portgual. Credit: PA

A government spokesperson confirmed that work has begun to “consider the role of vaccinations” for inbound travel following the continued success of the jab’s rollout.

This could mean the return of holidays to popular summer hotspots such as Spain, Portugal, France and Italy, which are all currently on the UK’s amber list.

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People arriving from the limited number of holiday destinations on the green list are not required to self-isolate, while amber arrivals must quarantine at home for 10 days.

A government spokesperson said: “As set out in the Global Travel Taskforce, we are working with industry for a safe return to international travel, guided by one overwhelming priority, public health.

“Decisions on our traffic light system are kept under constant review, and based on a range of health factors.

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“Recognising the strong strategic rationale and success of the vaccine programme, we have commenced work to consider the role of vaccinations in shaping a different set of health and testing measures for inbound travel.”

Demand for air travel collapsed in March of last year when the UK went into lockdown in response to the crisis, with the government now under pressure to restart international travel by the battered tourism industry.