British expats who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine will be able to visit family in the UK without having to quarantine themselves from next month, it was claimed today.
The UK government will officially recognize overseas administered jabs from August 1, according to The Telegraph.
This means Britons living abroad who are fully vaccinated will be able to avoid a 10-day stay in isolation upon their return from an Amber List country.
Meanwhile, ministers are also considering plans that would allow double-barreled foreign nationals to be allowed into the UK without having to self-quarantine.
The government hopes to make reciprocal agreements with dozens of countries to recognize each other’s vaccinations and vaccination applications.
This could pave the way for the return of much easier trips to and from many popular vacation destinations.
It will also inevitably spark optimism about a deal between the US and UK as the two sides continue talks on establishing a travel corridor.
Reports suggest the government will officially recognize foreign jabs for expats from August 1, paving the way for more non-quarantine travel to the UK
Britons living abroad who are fully vaccinated will be able to avoid a 10-day stay in self-isolation upon returning from an Amber List country. A vaccination center in Doncaster is pictured on June 27
The government currently only recognizes vaccinations administered by the NHS when it comes to international travel rules.
As a result, British expats living in Amber List countries faced the quarantine barrier even when they received both doses.
Ministers are now reportedly planning to change the rules to allow Britons to register a foreign jab with their GP.
This should pave the way for people with double bites to be able to visit the country without having to isolate themselves.
It is also believed that non-quarantine trips to the UK for double-needled foreign nationals could be opened “very soon” as the government continues to seek reciprocal agreements with countries that agree to recognize the application of the NHS vaccine. .
The deals will likely be based on mutual recognition of the vaccines used in each country, meaning the UK is only likely to enter into deals with countries using vaccines already approved for use in Britain.
This could be a stumbling block to a reciprocal deal with the United States, as the AstraZeneca vaccine, the workhorse of the UK deployment, has yet to be approved for use by Washington.
Meanwhile, a sign that a breakthrough in US-UK travel may still be a long way off, a White House official said today that the Biden administration did not have the ‘intention to lift existing travel restrictions “at this stage”.
The official raised concerns about the Delta variant and the growing number of coronavirus cases in the United States.
“Given where we are today with the Delta variant, the United States will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point,” the official told Reuters.
Current Orange List travel rules state that Britons who are “fully vaccinated as part of the UK vaccination program” do not have to self-isolate upon return.
However, people who are not ‘fully vaccinated in the UK’ should still be quarantined for 10 days.
Formal recognition of foreign jabs will make it much easier for British expats to return to the UK, with hundreds of thousands based in the main EU countries alone.
A total of 46,563,452 first doses of a vaccine were administered and 37,160,659 second doses. As of Sunday, 60 new deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded, meaning the current figure of 28 is a drop of more than 50%
It came amid reports that restrictions on travel from France will likely be dropped next week as the government’s traffic light system is reviewed.
It is believed the country will be removed from the ‘amber-plus’ list as government officials believe the threat from the beta coronavirus variant is contained.
Sources say the Delta variant prevalent in Britain is spreading faster than the Beta variant in Europe and would “compete” with it in the coming weeks, according to the Times.
Right now, double-hit vacationers returning from France must quarantine for up to ten days as it is on the orange-plus list.