Boris Johnson is to rescue summer for sun-starved Britons by scrapping quarantine for double-jabbed travellers returning from Spain, Greece and other amber-list hotspots, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The Prime Minister is determined that Freedom Day on July 19 will mean fully protected holidaymakers and their families can enjoy a foreign break without having to isolate when they return to Britain.
The move – which could be announced this week – will be a double boost for families desperate for a Mediterranean holiday and a travel trade that has been brought to its knees by Covid restrictions.
No 10 sources said the go-ahead had yet to be given as details were being ironed out, including in relation to children who are not currently vaccinated.
They also stressed that double-jabbed travellers would still have to comply with the strict regime of a Covid test before travel and two tests on return – although there is a possibility that the post-travel tests could be reduced to a single one.
Mr Johnson is said to be set on lifting the need to quarantine for ten days on return from July 19. The requirement has effectively ruled out summer holidays for many families as popular destinations, such as mainland Spanish, Portuguese and Greek resorts, are on the amber list.
The plans, which sources said will be worked through as quickly as possible, involve the use of ‘e-gates’ at airports to avoid queues and make travel as easy as possible for fully protected travellers.
Read more: Report: Johnson to scrap quarantine from ‘amber-list’ countries for double-jabbed Britons, make face masks voluntary and end the schools ‘bubble’ system on latest ‘Freedom Day’ July 19th. If this happens the phenomenal numbers on the London marches will have played a massive part and the general reaction to the ditching of June 21st ‘Freedom Day’. But we MUST keep the pressure on and not fall for the trap that an easing is anything but temporary before kicking back a few weeks hence. Next London march – July 24th