Fully-vaccinated US and EU nationals will be able to travel to England without the need to quarantine, ministers have decided.The move, which will potentially allow family and friends to see each other for the first time in 18 months, was approved by the Covid-O operations committee of the cabinet on Wednesday morning, sources confirmed to HuffPost UK.Under the plan, the UK government will formally recognise American vaccine certificates, including paper versions, as well as EU versions that confirm someone has been double-jabbed.The Scottish and Welsh governments will have to decide separately on their own arrangements, but it is expected that Wales at least will follow suit.Under the scheme, US and EU citizens will no longer need to quarantine for 10 days when travelling to Britain from “amber list” countries, a requirement that was ditched for fully inoculated British citizens on July 19.Both Boris Johnson and chancellor Rishi Sunak believe that the failure to find a way to recognise foreign jab records means the UK has lagged behind the EU in being ready to restart international travel.Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner described the plan as “reckless”, suggesting it would make it easier for even more infectious new variants to arrive in the country without proper checks.“At the moment, everybody wants to go on holiday and get back to normal as quickly as possible, but this is reckless,” she told SkyNews,“We know that the Delta variant came into this country and delayed the lifting of some of the restrictions and caused infections here. We need to make sure that we’ve got proper data-driven analysis, and that we look at an international passport for vaccines.“And we also know that people who have had the vaccine, of course, can still get the virus, so a testing regime is very important and crucial as well.”Research from the World Travel and Tourism Council suggests the British economy is losing £639 million a day because of the squeeze on inbound tourism.Transatlantic travel in particular has been hard hit and this week the Biden administration continued its ban on incoming visitors.The White House cited the need to keep out the Delta variant of the virus that has swept across the UK and the rest of Europe.There is a hope that the shift in recognising American certification will pave the way for a reciprocal deal that allows fully-jabbed Brits to travel to the US from later this year.Transport secretary Grant Shapps has previously pointed out that the US’s lack of a national digital Covid passport presents challenges, especially with several individual states having paper-based records instead.But a compromise has been reached to allow US vaccine cards to be used as proof of immunisation.Foreign secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News: “We do know that the double vaccination hasn’t just protected us domestically.″[It] has also opened up possibilities for us to look again at international travel, and I know, whether it’s businesses or individuals that want to go on holiday, that would be an important step.”The Welsh government’s current advice is against foreign travel of all kinds, whereas the UK government has in place its “traffic light” system to allow tourist and other travel.Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, claimed allowing fully vaccinated US and EU citizens to enter the UK without going into quarantine “would finally be the dawn of a consistent global policy”.The latest change will coincide with plans to allow British citizens who have been fully-vaccinated overseas to register their vaccination status with their GP to avoid quarantine.This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Follow HuffPost UK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.Related...August 16 ‘Nailed On’ For Ending Home Quarantine For Double-Jabbed Adults, Boris Johnson Says'Too Early To Be Sure': When Will We Know If Covid Has Peaked?Bulk Of Covid Pandemic Will Be Over By Late September, Professor Neil Ferguson Predicts
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