The EU is expected to sign off on plans for Britons who have had both jabs to fly to Europe without having to quarantine or take a Covid test.
The European Union’s new plan would see member states adopting uniform entry requirements, meaning vaccinated holidaymakers from low-risk countries – such as the UK – would be able to enter France, Spain, Italy and other hotspots.
Britain will be included on an EU expanded ‘green list’ of permitted holiday travel on Wednesday as the bloc’s ambassadors are set to confirm a European Commission proposal lift restrictions on well-vaccinated nations, it is understood.
It will also be recommended that member states prepare digital portals allowing Britons to use the NHS app as a vaccine passport, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Those without vaccinations will be required to present a negative Covid test or evidence of immunity.
The news comes just as the ban on non-essential travel was lifted and Downing Street doubled down on its insistence that people should only be holidaying in the 12 countries on the ‘green list’.
They should not be travelling to the dozens of popular destinations on the ‘amber list’ unless it is essential, a spokesman said.
And Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Britons should not travel to amber or red list countries or territories ‘unless you have an exceptional reason’.
Passengers disembark from an early morning flight to Madeira, one of the government’s green list destinations on Monday
Staff and passengers onboard an early morning TUI flight to Madeira, one of the few green list destinations where people visiting from England will now not need to quarantine on their return. Issue date: Monday May 17
And the boss of British Airways has now called on the Government to open up air travel to low-risk countries.
In a rallying cry to Ministers, Sean Doyle said data on vaccination and infection rates for countries including the US, Spain and Greece made a ‘compelling case’ for…