Coronavirus: New rules for fully jabbed US and EU arrivals begin
People vaccinated in the EU or US will not need to isolate when coming to the UK from an amber country.
In a letter to Mr Shapps the leaders of UK airlines described the change as a "positive step" but said they were concerned that the UK aviation sector was not on the path to recovery "due to the continued restrictions that are being imposed on international travel".
They wrote that green status should "increasingly become a default" for countries, citing falling case numbers and the proportion of the UK population now vaccinated.The airline bosses also warned that the UK aviation industry was "far behind" its European equivalents, with travel bookings at 16% of pre-pandemic levels compared with 60% in Germany and 48% in France.
Meanwhile, Tory MPs have raised concerns about the prospect of a so-called amber watch list of countries that holidaymakers would be warned could move to the red list at short notice.People coming to the UK from red list countries are required to isolate for 10 days in a government-approved hotel regardless of their vaccine status. headtopics.com
Huw Merriman, chairman of the Transport Select Committee told BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour that the potential new travel category would "be viewed as a massive red flag" that would "likely" cause bookings to those countries to "collapse".
He added: "In my view, we don't need any more uncertainty, complexity, or anxiety for passengers, or this beleaguered sector. It just needs clarity. I would urge the government not to do anything with it."Theresa Villiers, the former environment secretary,
"The travel sector desperately needs some stability. Getting travel back to more normal levels would give a great boost to the economy. Real progress has been made. Let's not start to reverse that."image sourceGemma Appleton'The first thing I'm going to do is buy a cheese and pickle sandwich'
Gemma Appleton, who lives in Los Angeles, is flying back to the UK in a few weeks with her wife and young baby, so he can meet his grandparents for the first time."The minute I heard the announcement I just burst into to tears, we have been waiting for this," she said. headtopics.com
"When my son was born my mum was supposed to fly out to LA to spend some time with us and show us how to be new mums and that didn't happen, she had to cancel her flight. We've just had very limited family time. It's not what I expected."
She added: "The minute that we land I just know that I am going to run into M&S and buy a cheese and pickle sandwich. It's the first thing that I am going to do, I have been craving that for a while now, and then I am going to hug my parents.
"It has just been a moment that we have been waiting for for such a long time, being able to celebrate together. We have all been through a lot in the last 18 months and knowing that we are all going to be together in the same house is just going to be awesome."
While US citizens will be able to avoid quarantine in the UK they are still being urged not to travel to the UK by their country's health protection agency andthe US border is currently closed to many countries, including the UK, except to US citizens. headtopics.com
All arrivals to the UK from the handful of green list countries are not required to self-isolate but must still take a test before departure and on day two after their arrival.As of Sunday, with 88.6% of adults having had at least one jab.On Sunday24,470 new Covid cases as well as a further 65 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.Read more: BBC Health News »
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