UK Considers Easing Travel Restrictions

UMMATIMES - The UK is considering easing travel restrictions, including allowing travelers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 to complete. This reinforces the move that the use of vaccine passports is again a consideration for the government.

Countries in the European Union last week agreed to relax travel restrictions over the summer. This would allow travelers who have received their full Covid-19 vaccinations to avoid testing or quarantine. The Daily Telegraph said Britain was also starting to consider a similar plan.

UK Treasury Secretary Jesse Norman said the government was considering reopening travel. But the government will be careful in its vaccine passport policy.

"We are trying to move carefully and progressively in the right direction," Norman told Sky News.

Under the UK's planned easing of travel restrictions, people who have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will be allowed to avoid quarantine upon their return from yellowlist countries. However, they still have to take the coronavirus test.

Norman added that officials were still discussing whether any of the new rules would be restricted.

Under the current system, travelers returning from green-listed countries are required to take a Covid-19 test but do not need to be quarantined. Meanwhile, those coming from yellow countries must self-isolate, and arrivals from red countries must be quarantined in hotels. Countries on the yellow list include Spain, France, Italy and the United States.