England to waive quarantine for fully vaccinated arrivals from EU and US
This will not apply to France, however, due to fears over the Beta variant of Covid-19.
Passengers who have been fully vaccinated in the European Union and the US will not have to quarantine when entering England from next week, the UK Government announced on Wednesday.
The new rules will come into effect from 4am on Monday, 2 August.
Passengers who are fully vaccinated in the EU with vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency or in the US with vaccines authorised by the Food and Drug Administration will be able to travel to England from any country on the UK Government's "amber" traffic light list without having to quarantine or take a day eight test on arrival.
That said, they will still be required to complete a pre-departure test before arrival into England, alongside a PCR test on or before day two after arrival.
Separate rules, however, will continue to apply for those arriving from France due to fears regarding the Beta variant of Covid-19, which is thought to be more resistant to vaccines.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement: "We’ve taken great strides on our journey to reopen international travel and today is another important step forward.
"Whether you are a family reuniting for the first time since the start of the pandemic or a business benefiting from increased trade – this is progress we can all enjoy."
"We will of course continue to be guided by the latest scientific data but thanks to our world-leading domestic vaccination programme, we’re able to look to the future and start to rebuild key transatlantic routes with the US while further cementing ties with our European neighbours."
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid added: "Our vaccination programme is building a wall of defence against this virus so we can safely enjoy our freedoms again, with seven in 10 adults in the UK now double jabbed.
"By reopening quarantine-free travel for travellers who have been fully vaccinated in European countries and the USA, we’re taking another step on the road to normality which will reunite friends and families and give UK businesses a boost."
The UK Government said that all measures announced on Wednesday will be kept under review and be guided by the latest data.