Holidays in France and Spain with Covid vaccine passports “to be approved by the EU” – fr

Holidays in France and Spain with Covid vaccine passports “will have the green light” – fr

British tourists visiting European resorts will be able to use “vaccine passports” from Wednesday, according to reports.
EU ambassadors are expected to approve plans that would allow Britons who are fully vaccinated to fly into the bloc without the need for a Covid test or quarantine.

But that alone won’t be enough to open up breaks on the continent – as destinations will also have to be on the UK’s own ‘green list’.

While it is not illegal to return to the UK from Orange and Red List countries, the government has told UK holidaymakers not to travel to those countries. And if they do, they have to quarantine themselves for 10 days upon their return.

It comes after England confirmed its final step in unlocking coronavirus restrictions from Monday.

Tourists have already flocked to Portugal, which is on the government’s “green list”

Among the series of restrictions that have now been lifted, holidays abroad are back on the cards, under the new traffic light system.

This sees countries categorized as green, orange or red, depending on their level of Covid risk, and dictating necessary testing as well as any quarantine.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the EU plan is due to be signed tomorrow.

According to a draft plan presented by the European Commission earlier this month, British tourists were to be allowed to vacation in the bloc on two routes.

Fully vaccinated people from any country – including the UK – would be allowed entry into popular destinations such as Spain, France and Italy under a universal entry rule.

Then unvaccinated people would also be allowed in – but only if the country they are from has an infection rate of less than 100 in 100,000.

EU ambassadors will meet to agree on a European Commission proposal calling for the lifting of travel restrictions in third countries.

If a deal is reached, the decision will be formally adopted at the EU’s trade ministers’ council on Thursday, it was reported.

The bloc will also be recommended to launch digital portals allowing vaccinated Britons to show their status through the NHS app, it is reported.

The NHS app – not the separate NHS Covid-19 app – has already been updated to allow Britons to display their vaccination status for travel.

Foreign travel restrictions were lifted on Monday

Paul Charles, managing director of travel public relations firm The PC Agency, reportedly said: “Europeans are just more optimistic than the UK.

“They realize how essential travel and tourism is to their economies, so they are moving at high speed to introduce a more seamless approach to travel for the summer season. “

BA’s chief executive Sean Doyle and his Heathrow counterpart John Holland-Kaye have also reportedly called on the government to release its list of countries that should go green for the summer.

They said it was so vacationers could plan ahead and avoid “high prices and limited choices for last minute bookings”.

Only 12 countries are on England’s green list for travel, including Portugal, which already saw a wave of British tourists flying yesterday.

Most of the rest of Europe, including France, Spain and Italy, are all on the Amber List, which means more testing and quarantine on the return trip is needed.


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