The Malta Independent 5 August 2021, Thursday

UK government considers easing travel restrictions for Britons with both jabs

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 14:29 Last update: about 3 months ago

The British government is considering easing travel restrictions for Britons who are vaccinated with both jabs, Sky News reported on Thursday.

Sky News quoted a UK government spokesperson saying that it is "working with industry for a safe return to international travel, guided by one overwhelming priority - public health".

They added: "Recognising the strong strategic rationale and success of the vaccine programme, we have commenced work to consider the role of vaccinations in shaping a different set of health and testing measures for inbound travel."

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If approved, the new plan, first reported by The Telegraph, could mean that Britons who are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine upon their return from countries which are on the UK’s amber travel list – a list which currently includes Malta.

The news comes as a potential positive for Malta’s tourist industry, which thus far has lamented the apparent lack of scientific reasoning behind Malta’s exclusion from the UK’s quarantine-free travel list.

The country has in fact moved its attention to other markets: the Gozo Ministry has taken out promotional ads in Germany and Scandinavia, while Air Malta has cancelled its flights to Manchester and reduced its flights to London’s Heathrow Airport in favour of increasing flights to France and the Netherlands.

Jesse Norman, the financial secretary to the UK Treasury, said the government was "certainly looking at all the options here".

He told Sky News: "We don't want to get left behind by countries which may be adopting a two jabs approach if it can be done safely and if it can be done carefully and securely."

Few countries appear on the UK's "green list" for travel, where holidaymakers are not required to quarantine once they return.

At present, Britons are being advised not to travel to "amber list" countries as government guidelines state they must quarantine at home for 10 days after upon return.

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