UK lifts quarantine for most fully vaccinated travelers from US and EU

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that he wants to get the travel industry moving again with a simple, user-friendly system of rules to enable travel abroad.

“We need to get people going, get the travel industry moving again,” Johnson told reporters.

“We want an approach that is as simple as possible.”

Britain reopened its borders to large parts of the world on Monday and lifted the quarantine for fully vaccinated arrivals from the European Union, with the exception of France and the United States.

But the boost for the travel industry has been dampened by speculation that the government could soon introduce new rules for holidays as well.

The Times newspaper reported that a COVID-19 warning against travel to Spain, the UK’s most popular destination, was likely.

Spain could enter into a new risk category — the “orange watchlist” — meaning it could be upgraded to “red” in the near term, requiring arrivals at hotels to be quarantined, the Times said.

Asked about the possibility of an “amber watchlist,” Johnson said people should remember that COVID-19 remained dangerous.

“We have to try to stop the entry of variants, we have to stop importing variants from abroad, so we have to have a balanced approach,” he said.

“What I want to see is something that is as simple and user-friendly as possible for people.”


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