British government restrictions on overseas travel could remain in place until August, with flights restricted to high-vaccination destinations like Israel, according to a report on Sunday.
A source told the Sunday Times that the target date of May 17 for the lifting of travel curbs was “very optimistic,” saying August seemed more likely.
“There will be a system of travel corridors to green list countries with good vaccination rates. Israel, here we are! an official was cited.
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The report says travelers visiting France or other European countries ravaged by the virus may be required to self-quarantine on their return, while those from “green” places with low infection rates may not be required to quarantine themselves. only have to undergo a rapid coronavirus test until they return to the UK. .
“What we don’t want are new variations that negate all the good our vaccination program has done,” Dr Mike Tildesley, a member of a UK government science advisory body, told Times Radio.
A separate report on Sunday said British ministers were set to hold talks with their Israeli counterparts on the potential introduction of a vaccine passport allowing entry to certain places, such as Israel, although some have expressed concerns. worries.
Israel and the UK are among the world leaders in immunization rates, with the Jewish state making a milestone last week of fully immunizing more than half of the population. Britain has administered at least one dose to over 50% of adults.