Expectations are rising that Britons wearing lockdowns may be able to book sunshine breaks in Europe this summer.
Holidaymakers with a vaccine passport are likely to be exempted from Europe’s blanket entry ban for a successful jabs rollout to the UK.
The minister is working on a plan for Kovid’s status certificate, which will allow people to prove whether they have a jab, a negative test, or have antibodies due to a recent Kovid infection.
The certificate, which the government plans to declare next month, was originally designed to prove to Brits that they have been vaccinated when they go abroad.
EU officials are planning to update entry recommendations for Block Earth travelers from countries with Kovid ‘passport’ systems and may possibly allow higher vaccination rates from June.
Travel abroad is currently illegal in most circumstances – but the government is investigating after May 17 to relax the rules for the next phase of the roadmap.
Will I be able to go abroad this summer?
Perhaps, but your choice may be limited. Under the government’s roadmap, 17 May is the earliest people in England and Wales can leave the country for overseas holidays.
The PM has said that there is nothing in the figures to suggest the date for changing the date.
Which countries can I travel to?
It is not yet clear but the government will announce a ‘traffic light’ green list – possibly initially only in 7 or 8 countries – before May 17.
These are likely to include “safe” people where case rates are low and vaccination rates are high, such as Iceland, Israel, Gibraltar, the UAE, and possibly the United States.
They can also reach an agreement with the European Union on the basis of vaccine certification.
So do I need a Kovid Immunization Certificate to travel?
The government plans to issue Kovid passports – either in paper or digital form – so Britons can prove on foreign borders that they have been vaccinated. It could happen next month.
When it does not change the rules when you arrive at your home, it could mean that more countries – and the European Union – are ready to give Brits due to our higher jabs and lower case rates.
Will the children also need them?
There are currently no plans to vaccinate children under 16 in the UK, and the trial of the AstraZeneca vaccine was halted due to fear of a rare blood clot.
The EU’s own Kovid passport – known as the Digital Green Certificate – will display recent Kovid test results, allowing children to test negatively for traveling. It is expected that the UK travel plan will follow suit.
Does this mean I will be able to go to Europe this summer?
The European Commission is expected to update the entry recommendations of the block in June Earth to travelers from countries with Kovid’s ‘passport’ schemes and may be allowed higher vaccination rates.
But many countries, hoping to include Spain, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus, may allow in the Brits anyway.
How will the traffic light system work?
Countries will be classified into green, amber and possibly an updated red list, with each color meaning different rules about testing and quarantine upon your return.
If you travel to a ‘green’ country, you will need a one-off departure test two hours before returning to the UK and two days before the gold standard PCR test.
If the test is positive then all you need to do is quarantine.
What about ‘amber’ countries?
If your holiday destination is on the ‘Amber’ list – which may include Spain, Greece and Turkey, you’ll need a pre-departure test and quarantine at home for 10 days upon return.
You will also need two and eight days of tests, although five days a day may be paid for additional testing and if it is negative you will be able to leave. Completely vaccinated people can avoid self-isolation.
Will the ‘Red List’ remain the same?
For now, but countries can be added or removed from the list of 40, which currently includes South Africa, Pakistan, Brazil and – from Friday – India from where all arrivals are banned unless you are in the UK Or are not Irish citizens or residents.
You will need a pre-departure test plus a £ 1750 payment for a 10-day hotel quarantine hotel upon arrival, a PCR test in two and eight days.