Holidays to France and Spain with Covid vaccine passports ‘to be given go ahead’

Brit tourists flying to European holiday hotspots will be able to use ‘vaccine passports’ from Wednesday, according to reports.

The European Union is expected to sign off on plans that would allow Brits who are fully vaccinated to fly into the bloc without needing a Covid test or to quarantine.

It comes after England confirmed its latest stage of unlocking coronavirus restrictions from Monday.

Among the raft of restrictions that have now been lifted foreign holidays are back on the cards, under the new traffic light system.

This sees countries ranked as either green, amber or red, depending on their level of Covid risk, and dictating the testing that is needed as well as any quarantine.

Tourists have already flocked to Portugal, which is on the government’s ‘green list’

The Daily Telegraph reports that the EU plan will see member states adopt universal entry requirements, allowing fully-vaccinated tourists from low-risk countries entry to popular destinations such as Spain, France and Italy.

On Wednesday, the UK is reportedly expected to be included on an expanded EU “green list” allowing holiday travel to the bloc from non-EU countries where Covid infection rates are below 100 cases per 100,000 of the population.

EU ambassadors will meet to agree a European Commission proposal calling for travel restrictions on non-EU countries that have high vaccination levels to be lifted.

If an agreement is reached, the decision will be formally adopted at the EU trade ministers council on Thursday.

The bloc will also be recommended to launch digital portals allowing vaccinated Brits to show their status via the NHS app.

For now, those who have not been vaccinated will need to show proof of a negative Covid test.

Passengers prepare to board an easyJet flight to Faro
Restrictions for foreign travel were lifted on Monday

Paul Charles, the chief executive of travel PR firm The PC Agency, reportedly said: “The Europeans are just more optimistic than the UK.

“They realise how critical travel and tourism is to their economies so they are moving at great speed to introduce a more seamless approach to travel for the summer season.”

Sean Doyle, the chief executive of BA, and John Holland-Kaye, his Heathrow counterpart, were also reported to have called on the government to publish its list of countries expected to move to the green list for summer.

They said it was so that holidaymakers could plan ahead and to avoid ‘high prices and limited choices for last minute booking.’

Just 12 countries are on England’s green list for travel, including Portugal, which already saw a wave of Brit tourists fly in yesterday.

Most of the rest of Europe, including France, Spain and Italy, are all on the amber list, meaning more tests and quarantine on the return leg is needed.

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