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British government plans to allow expats vaccinated abroad into the UK without quarantine

Passengers at Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. File photograph.
Passengers at Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. File photograph. / ÑITO SALAS
  • Transport secretary Grant Shapps said officials are 'actively working' on the measure and that details could be revealed in 'the next couple of weeks'

The UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has revealed that the government is working on plans to allow people who have been vaccinated abroad into the UK without having to quarantine for ten days.

Speaking on Sky News, this Friday morning (9 July) the minister said that details could be revealed in the "next couple of weeks".

The announcement comes just a day after Shapps announced that UK residents would be allowed to skip quarantine on return to England from amber-list countries, such as Spain, France and Italy, from 19 July. Although the ten-day quarantine requirement woud be lifted, there is still a requirement for a negative test result before travel that cannot be more than 72 hours old. And a second PCR test is required before the end of the second day of stay in England.

But the measure would only apply to those who got their vaccinations in the UK, and not residents in Spain who were jabbed by the Spanish health system.

Shapps said the government is now "actively working" on proposals to allow those who have received their jabs outside the UK to be exempt from the quarantine rules when travelling from amber list countries and added that the measure would be brought in “as soon as we can”.

Shapps suggested that those living in the EU could be allowed in sooner than other areas as the bloc rolls out its digital Covid-19 'passport' scheme.