England will allow fully vaccinated visitors from the European Union and United States to arrive without needing to quarantine from next week, in a huge and long-awaited boost for airlines and travel companies.
The UK’s travel industry has criticised the government for being too slow to open up, saying it has squandered its lead in the global vaccine rollout and given the EU a headstart in attracting tourists.
Travellers with US and EU approved vaccines will not have to quarantine.
Lifting the same requirement for fully vaccinated Britons returning from medium-risk countries in July helped to kick-start a travel recovery.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he wants US citizens to come to England freely and was discussing making changes.
The move comes with a rise in COVID cases in the UK for the first time in seven days as the UK finds itself in another coronavirus wave due to the Delta variant, which spreads faster than the previous common variant.
The UK reported 27,734 confirmed cases yesterday, bringing an end to the seven-day drop in cases.