British expats with double jab ‘may return to UK from August 1 to visit family in quarantine’ under plans to finally recognize vaccines administered overseas
- The government currently only recognizes shots administered through the UK’s vaccine roll-out
- Means British expats stung abroad still have to quarantine on return
- But reports suggest the UK will finally recognize foreign jabs from August 1.
British expats who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine will be able to visit relatives in the UK without quarantine from next month, it was claimed today.
According to The Telegraph, the British government will formally recognize jabs administered abroad from August 1.
That means Britons living abroad who have been fully vaccinated can avoid a 10-day stay in self-isolation when returning from an amber-listed country.
Reports suggest the government will formally recognize foreign jabs for expats from August 1, paving the way for more quarantine-free travel back to the UK
Britons living abroad and fully vaccinated can avoid a 10-day self-isolation stay when returning from an amber-listed 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 regulations.
As a result, British expatriates living in amber-listed countries have faced the barrier of quarantine, even if they’ve had both doses.
Ministers are now reportedly planning to change the rules to allow Britons to register a foreign jab with their GP.
That should pave the way for double-punched people to be able to visit the country without isolating themselves.
It is also thought that quarantine-free travel to the UK for double-stabed foreigners could be opened ‘very soon’ as the government continues to seek reciprocal agreements with countries that agree to recognize the NHS vaccine app.
Current travel rules on the Amber List state that Britons who have been ‘fully vaccinated under the UK Vaccination Programme’ will not need to self-isolate when they return.
However, people who are not ‘fully UK vaccinated’ will still have to quarantine for 10 days.
Formal recognition of foreign jabs will make it much easier for UK expats to return to the UK, with hundreds of thousands in the major EU countries alone.
It came amid reports that travel restrictions from France are likely to be lifted next week if the government’s traffic light system is overhauled.
A total of 46,563,452 first doses of a vaccine and 37,160,659 second doses were administered. Last Sunday, 60 new deaths were recorded within 28 days of a positive test, meaning the current figure of 28 is a drop of more than 50 percent.
The country is thought to be taken off the “amber-plus” list as government officials believe the threat posed by the beta-coronavirus variant is being contained.
Sources claim that the Delta variant found in Britain is spreading faster than the Beta variant in Europe, and would “compete” in the coming weeks, according to The Times.
At the moment, doubly provoked holidaymakers returning from France have to quarantine for a maximum of ten days because it is on the amber plus list.