Britain is focusing on easing travel restrictions for the fully vaccinated to permit people to take pleasure from a summer holiday on Europe's beaches however the plans aren't finalized yet, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Tuesday.
Currently British citizens are essentially prevented from going to most countries - including those in europe - as the quarantine and testing rules are so cumbersome and expensive. British tourists will be the second biggest outbound holiday spenders in Europe after Germans so their absence hurts the economies of southern Europe as the British tourism sector is reeling from a ruinous lack of income because of the restrictions.
Hancock told Sky News that the federal government did want to let people have a family group holiday abroad, but only once it was safe to take action. "The whole point of the vaccine program is usually to be in a position to remove restrictions, and for folks to be able to be kept safe by the vaccine, rather than by these rules," Hancock told LBC. "So we will work on a plan for double vaccinated people, using tests, to have that testing regime set up, instead of having to have the quarantine, in a few circumstances," he said.
Asked by Sky if vaccinated people would get their freedom back by August and so like a foreign holiday this year, Hancock said he understood people wanted their freedoms back.
For months, British ministers have given a bunch of contradictory signals about when and how travel rules will be eased greater than a year because the most onerous restrictions in Britain's peacetime history were imposed to prevent the virus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that travelers would face hassle and delays this season if they sought to go abroad because the priority will be keeping the united states safe.