Plans for ‘vaccine passports’ that could save summer holidays are set to be considered by senior ministers tomorrow.
The critical ‘Covid O’ Cabinet sub-committee is expected to look at proposals for assembling a system that could loosen restrictions on international travel. However, there are not expected to be any final decisions – and no date has been mooted for when the arrangements might come into force.
Instead the Department for Transport is likely to be given clearance to step up preparations, while the Department of Health will be tasked to study how Britons can access their medical information. At the moment non-essential foreign travel is illegal, and even harsher border rules with ‘quarantine hotels’ for all arrivals from high-risk ‘red list’ countries is due to come into force on Monday.
One senior government sources told MailOnline that it was ‘too early’ for any substantive decisions to be made by the ministers. Another source said the Covid O agenda was dealing with ‘concepts not hard stuff’. ‘That’ll be ages away,’ they added.
Boris Johnson said last night that Government was looking at ‘all kinds of apps and all kinds of possibilities’ for unlocking travel as the vaccine rollout is ramped up.