England will allow travelers from the United States and the European Union (EU) fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to arrive without quarantine, British Transport Secretary Grant Sheps said on Wednesday.
The new regulations will take effect on Monday, August 2 at 4 am (6 pm Latvian time).
“We are helping to reunite people living in the US and Europe with their relatives and friends in the UK,” the minister said.
The Scottish Government has announced that these changes to the rules will also apply to fully vaccinated EU and US travelers in Scotland from Monday.
The Welsh government said it regretted the decision to lift quarantine requirements for EU and US travelers in England, but added that it would be “ineffective” for other rules to apply in Wales.
Ministers of the Northern Ireland Government are expected to consider their position on these changes in the coming days.
Currently, only travelers who have received two doses of Covid-19 in the UK are allowed to come from an “amber” country, such as the US and most EU countries, without 10 days of self-isolation. The exception is those returning from France, as they will still have to comply with quarantine.
Travelers will continue to have to take the Covid-19 test before departure as well as the PCR test on the first or second day after arrival.
The new rules will also apply to migrants from Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Andorra and the Vatican.