Angela Merkel and Prime Minister to Discuss Covid Travel Restrictions on Latest UK Visit

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Boris Johnson is due to welcome Angela Merkel to Checkers on Friday, with coronavirus travel restrictions set to be high on their meeting agenda.

The German Chancellor, who is making her last visit to the UK before resigning, has called for the quarantine of all British travelers entering the EU, whether or not they have been vaccinated, over concerns over the variant Delta.

Germany has previously designated the UK as a ‘viral variant region’, meaning anyone traveling from the UK must self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival – excluding people in transit .

Since March, all travelers to Germany must present a negative Covid-19 test to their airline before departure.

However, the British government is pushing for more freedom of travel for the British. He said fully vaccinated Britons will be able to travel to Amber List countries, including Germany, without having to self-quarantine upon their return, from “later this summer”.

The meeting comes after the Prime Minister said on Thursday that the double shots would be “a liberator” for those wishing to travel abroad to Britain this summer.

Johnson said details of government plans to allow those who have received two doses of the vaccine to travel to Amber List countries without having to self-quarantine upon their return and the easing of the lockdown later this these months will be revealed in the “coming days”.

He did not confirm when such a policy would be implemented, but said he was “very confident” that it “would allow people to travel”.

Merkel is expected to address a virtual UK cabinet meeting as part of the visit, while the two leaders are expected to discuss post-Brexit relations between London and Berlin.

Johnson said: “The UK and Germany have an unwavering friendship and a common vision on many issues.

“Our scientists, innovators and industry work together every day to make the world a better place.

“During Chancellor Merkel’s 16-year tenure, UK-German relations have been revitalized and reinvigorated for a new era.

“And the new joint ventures that we are going to agree on today [Friday] will leave a legacy that will last for generations.

The two leaders last met at the G7 summit in Cornwall last month.

Merkel is due to meet the Queen at Windsor Castle on Friday as part of her visit, which will be her 22nd since taking office in 2005.

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