COVID-19: Spain, Greece & Portugal to open up to British tourists as EU discuss vaccine passport scheme
EU countries are set to remove their blanket ban on visitors this summer in a move which will bring hope to millions of British tourists.
Officials in Brussels are discussing allowing countries with high vaccination rates to visit Europe, most likely from June. EU sources say Brits will be amongst the first to be allowed to travel to the continent due to the UK’s highly successful vaccination programme.
It is believed Spain, Greece and Portugal are pressuring Brussels to open up Europe’s borders to tourists as soon as possible. All three countries’ economies are highly dependent on British holidaymakers, and may choose to open their borders without approval from EU leaders.
Greece has already said British tourists can enter the country without having to quarantine on arrival, and will welcome travellers as their tourism industry reopens on 15th May.
Leaked documents show Israel, the UAE and Britain are among the first countries which will likely be allowed entry into the European Union this summer. The European Commission have said they will have a vaccine passport scheme ready by the end of June.
In Britain it is currently against the rules to travel internationally unless for an essential reason, though ministers are looking to relax these restrictions on 17th May. Boris Johnson is set to implement a traffic light system, where countries are ranked green, amber or red depending on their coronavirus rates and vaccine programmes. Travellers returning from green countries will not have to quarantine on arrival, however will still have to take several coronavirus tests. The government has faced criticism for potentially increasing the price of foriegn holidays by £100s by forcing British tourists to purchase their own coronavirus tests.
Meanwhile the travel industry has been informed by the government certificates for fully vaccinated Brits will be made available by as soon as next month. It has been suggested that those who are protected against the virus will be able to avoid quarantines and tests when travelling abroad.
Steven Edginton, The Sun
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