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Government will remove Amber List quarantine for vaccinated and their children from August – report

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The Sun has an exclusive report tonight (picked up by sister paper The Times, which means they are probably not making it up!) that the Government has agreed to lift travel restrictions for the ‘double vaccinated’ along with unvaccinated children under 16.

‘From August’ – no exact date is given – anyone will be able to visit an Amber List destination without the need for quarantine on their return.

You can read the article here. The Times version is behind a paywall.

Government will remove Amber List quarantine for vaccinated and their children from August

There is no clarification on what sort of testing will be required, but presumably the need for a ‘Day 2’ PCR test will remain.

The Sun claims that an announcement may be made on Thursday to allow airlines and travellers to make plans. Thursday is the next date for an update on which countries will appear on the ‘no quarantine required’ Green LIst.

The Sun implies that the August date is a done deal, and the only speculative element is whether ministers will decide to pull it forward to 19th July. This would coincide with the start of the school holidays in England.

Adults will only be allowed to avoid quarantine if they had their second vaccination at least 14 days before travel.

The big hole in the plan, clearly, is what happens if you have children aged 16-18. This age group is too young for vaccination, but will also not be exempt from 10 days of home quarantine if this story is accurate.

It is possible – and this is my hypothesis, not from The Sun – that the Government is trying to head off any fall-out from the ‘day of action’ planned by the travel industry tomorrow. This will include a protest on College Green at Westminster.

The Government has also been facing increased pressure from its own MPs. Huw Merriman, Conservative chairman of the House of Commons Transport Committee, said today that the approach to overseas travel was ‘far too cautious’.

It is also likely that press pictures of German tourists on the beaches of Spain and Portugal has started to feed back into pressure from voters for more freedoms in the UK.

To confirm, this story – whilst currently the top headline on The Times website (The Sun hides it under their England football coverage) – is still just ‘informed rumour’ ie a Government leak. Let’s see what happens on Thursday.

Comments (161)

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  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    Well this is going to annoy a lot of young people…

    • Mike says:

      “annoyed young people” …..I can live with that !

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Ofcourse you can.

        Anyway they’ve had Pfizer and moderna they lll probably get the second after 4-5 weeks

        • Sam says:

          @TGLoyalty The earliest second dose appointment is scheduled for at the very least mid-August and many are being booked for the last week of August which will certainly not make it in time for the summer holiday season.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            My only advice is keep an eye on walk in centres. The appointment should be treated as your latest opportunity not your earliest.

          • Sam says:

            It’s good advice, walk-in centres can be an option for Pfizer but Moderna are given in different locations and they tend not to open for walk-ins. Not in a hurry to get my second dose so I don’t mind waiting. Not going abroad this summer knowing I’d need to spend £200 just on the PCR tests anyway…enough for me to spend a weekend in Cornwall or anywhere by the cost so why bother

    • VickyTM says:

      Some people are always gonna be annoyed about something…

    • Sam says:

      I’m one of the ‘young people’ and I’m personally not annoyed. Looking at the cost of taking four PCR tests it is enough to put off many of us for an international leisure trip back in months ago already, not to mention many of the young people don’t even have a full time job or a stable disposable income.

      • Kieran Fox says:

        Are you not missing the point here? It’s two jabs then one PCR test that’s suggested – so where is the £400 coming from?

    • BJ says:


    • Paul says:

      Agreed, young people let old people get the jab first to help save old people’s lives. And they are repaid by having additional restrictions put on them whilst those they helped save are allowed to go on holiday

      • Mike says:

        Are you an “annoyed young person” ?

        • Paul says:

          Annoyed youngish person. I would personally benefit from it as I will be double jabbed well ahead of my holiday at end of aug.

          I think it would be good perhaps to fund testing for those who have not had the chance to be double vaccinated if this is brought in and scrap quarantine in amber

    • JP-MCO says:

      My wife and I got our second dose of Pfizer after 5 weeks and in the city where I live we have a walk-in health centre offering first or second doses of Pfizer all day, everyday without an appointment to anybody who has waited at least 4 weeks between doses. Most weekends there are pop-up clinics in the city centre offering first or second doses of Pfizer to anyone who wants one. We’re not in a delta hotspot and we’re not in the north west. The CDC guidance for fully vaccinated individuals was introduced after vaccines were made available to all in the USA and now would seem the right time to introduce such guidance in the UK.

      • Heathrow Flyer says:

        Any literature I’ve seen on 2nd dose walk-ins suggests an 8 week minimum gap from first dose?

        • Rhys says:

          The minimum interval is between 21 and 28 days depending on vaccine, at least according to the official literature on the walls when I went for my second, which I got at around 5 weeks (walk in).

          I imagine it is down to the discretion of the vaccination centres as to how they do it. If they have lots of supply then I imagine they are more amenable to early walk-ins.

  • Tony says:

    Let’s see. The government also needs to throw the population a bone to get away with allowing all the ‘VIPs’ in for the euro finals.

    We’re in the 16-18 trap, but can’t imagine my son complaining when I tell him he has to spend 2 weeks confined to his bedroom. I spend most of my time trying to get him out of there…

    • tony says:

      And there we go – lead story on The Times app this morning – UEFA VIP bubbles can skip quarantine…. Whilst I’m hopeful that we do see a proper relaxation tomorrow, this is rather the tail wagging the dog. Probably never been so grateful for a football tournament…..

  • Mark says:

    I still believe that requiring free lateral flow tests during the first ten days home would be beneficial.

  • Rachael says:

    Although it sounds slightly improved, still not acceptable. Both my children had their vaccines on the first day vaccines were offered to 18 and over, but they still can’t travel until the 28 of Aug as 2nd vaccine is on the 14th of Aug. 😣

    • Tony says:

      No presumably they can’t return quarantine free until Aug 28th – subject to the restrictions on the country you visit?

    • bafan says:

      It just is what it is, they’ll have to wait unfortunately for them. Traveling without being vaccinated is ill-advised at best at this point anyway, regardless of the rules.

    • ChrisBCN says:

      They could travel somewhere abroad on the 15th Aug (as long as the country let’s them in), then arrive back to the UK on the 28th or after.

      • Rob says:

        Rhys got his 2nd after four weeks.

        • James says:

          How did he manage that?

          • Rob says:

            We walked in and said ‘can I have my 2nd vaccine please’, in the same way he got his first one.

        • WaynedP says:

          Apparently not recommended. Could still turn into a pumpkin at midnight in week 12.

        • Chris Heyes says:

          Rob yes i agree most people are just to idle to queue up for an hour to get a walk in vaccine, its relatively easy to get if they have run out at the end of the day they tell you to come back tomorrow all my grand-children over 18 have had their vaccine now just by going down and asking at end of the day
          The most one had to queue was 1 hour 15 min, but thought it was worth the queueing
          My two twin Grand-daughters have had both vaccines and they are only 20

        • Princess says:

          I’m guessing in London? Can you share where? I’ll send my husband, he was denied when he came with me….

        • Philip says:

          Where did Rhys get his 2nd jab? My partner asked his GP today, it’s about week 6, and the GP said you have to wait at least 8 weeks.

        • CG says:

          Inspired by this comment I walked in this evening and got my second Pfizer jab 4 weeks to the day after my first. Thanks Rob.

  • TGLoyalty says:

    #scariants no longer and issue now the opinion polls have started to go against the tories?

  • mr_jetlag says:

    Too little too late am afraid. Shapps and Hancock properly effed the whole travel policy up. Wish Boris had the stones to sack them.

    • Doug M says:

      Why would you sack incompetent underlines that distract from your own incompetence?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Hancock is the safest man in politics ever since Cummings told the world Boris thinks he’s incompetent.

  • Liam says:

    Young people are much less likely to vote Tory anyway so the government probably isn’t concerned about a backlash there.

    This seems like an eminently sensible proposal. Obviously the government’s messaging is all over the place again—one day we have the prime minister saying that travel is going to be a hassle all summer; the next we have a leaked announcement that fully-vaccinated people will be exempt from quarantine when returning from ‘amber’ countries—but somehow they seem to be stumbling to a decent solution. Naturally, I’m sure this won’t turn out to be as simple as it sounds.

  • Paul L says:

    Seems the UK population now wants to follow the lead set by the EU…

    • TGLoyalty says:

      A month later but that’s what #brexit allows.

      Longer harder lockdowns with a higher % of vaccinated population. Wouldn’t be possible if we stuck with the EMA and EU vaccine club.

      Nightclubs open in France soon …

      • ChrisBCN says:

        Nightclubs opened this week here…

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Foolish Europeans opening up society … they wish they had the autonomy Britain has to take its own course.

          Forward to victory …

      • Mike says:

        A french night club – my idea of hell

        • Margaret says:


        • TGLoyalty says:

          I don’t think anyone cares what your view of hell is the point is europe is opening up quicker and earlier with less people vaccinated because they aren’t living in fear

          Netherlands no longer mandates masks anywhere but public transport and airports.

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