Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced the change in the rules today. It means those who return to England from amber list countries such as France, Italy and Spain won’t have to self-isolate for 10 days as they do currently, so long as they are either fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel or under 18. They will still have to take a pre-departure test three days before and a PCR Covid test on day two after arrival, but will no longer be required to take a second PCR test on day eight.
The Government is also changing its guidance and no longer telling people they should not be travelling to amber list countries.
These changes only apply to returning to England-we’re yet to hear if the rules are changing in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. And crucially remember that even if the UK Government says you can travel, other countries will have their own entry requirements and may not let British tourists in or require you to self-isolate. See our Coronavirus Travel Rights guide for further information.
More to follow…