When Leeds Bradford Airport will be able to offer quarantine-free travel for amber list countries

Many who had been holding their breath hoping for a holiday this year were sure to have been pleased by the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday.

During yesterday’s (05/07) press conference in which Boris Johnson set out the new ‘Freedom Day’ easing of restrictions, it was confirmed that plans were in place to end quarantine for those travelling from countries on the amber list when they arrived back in the UK.

While Mr Johnson said that the measures for those travelling from red list countries would still be in place, he said the government was working with the travel industry to ease the restrictions on the amber list.

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It means that for those, that have had both doses of the vaccine, and are are hoping to book a flight from Leeds Bradford Airport to an amber list country in the near future might be in luck.

Speaking at the conference on Monday, the Prime Minister said: “We will maintain our tough border controls including the red list, and recognising the protection afforded by two doses of vaccine, we will work with the travel industry towards removing the need for fully vaccinated arrivals to isolate on return from an amber country.”

Although he stopped short of confirming an exact date, he did say that the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, would have more information on the matter in the coming days.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid also said the Government had decided against the use of so-called vaccine passports.

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This means there will be no compulsory use of Covid status certification – so-called domestic ‘vaccine passports’ – although firms and airlines will be able to voluntarily use the system.

The Prime Minister also said the effectiveness of vaccines means it is possible to push forward with the July 19 plans as he scrapped mandatory mask wearing and lifted social distancing requirements.

The so-called “Freedom Day” is expected on July 19, with a decision on whether or not to go ahead being taken a week earlier.

Officials acknowledged Covid-19 cases and deaths would continue to increase – albeit at a much lower level than before the vaccination programme – but it was now necessary to find a new way to live with the virus.

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