Travel: Quarantine

Department for Transport written question – answered on 1st July 2021.

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Photo of Pauline Latham Pauline Latham Conservative, Mid Derbyshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his announcement of 24 June 2021 on future plans to exempt arrivals who are fully vaccinated against covid-19 from quarantine when travelling from amber list countries, what the public health justification is for introducing that policy in phases starting with UK residents.

Photo of Robert Courts Robert Courts Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The recognition of vaccine status at ports and airports is currently available for UK citizens through the NHS app or an accessible letter, but it is currently less easy to prove for someone from overseas visiting the UK. The government is keen to work constructively with international partners to reopen travel in a sustainable way for travellers and industry.

Further detail will be set out next month including the rules which will apply to children, vaccine clinical trial volunteers and those unable to be vaccinated, how we will operationalise this approach at the border, and the dates on which any changes will come into effect.

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