BRIT holidaymakers will get Covid passports after getting both vaccine doses from May 17 so they can travel abroad.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced people who have received both jabs will be able to use the NHS app to show their status.
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Grant Shapps said the move marks a cautious return to international travelCredit: AFP
People who do not have the app will be able to request an NHS letter.
“Today marks the first step in our cautious return to international travel, with measures designed above all else to protect public health and ensure we don’t throw away the hard-fought gains we’ve all strived to earn this year,” he said.
“This is a new way of doing things, and people should expect travel to be different this summer – with longer checks at the borders, as part of tough measures to prevent new strains of the virus entering the country and putting our fantastic vaccine rollout at risk.”
It comes as:
- Travellers were told their journeys could take hours longer than at the moment with additional checks
- Areas with high vaccine rates were put on the list, but others will have to wait until the next review
- TUI has announced £20 Covid test kits for Brits heading to green list countries, savings Brits up to £100 per person
- Flight prices to areas rumoured to be on the green list rocketed earlier – ahead of tonight’s reveal
Countries will themselves decide whether they require proof of Covid vaccination for entry, and it is the traveller’s responsibility to check individual requirements, the Government says.
Test results will not show in the app and the process for booking and presenting test results for travel remains unchanged.
Also on the green list are Singapore, the Falkland Islands, Ascension, St Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands, and Brunei.
And New Zealand and Australia are also on the list – but they have their own entry requirements and are unlikely to let in tourists at the moment.
Brits will have to wait until at least June 7 to find if they can go on holiday there this summer as minister vowed to keep the system under review.
Turkey, the Maldives and Nepal have been added to the “high risk” red alert holiday list.
Any countries on the red list will require returning Brits to quarantine at a hotel for 10 days to stop the spread of Covid.
The news could put the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea in doubt, which is meant to be held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Last month, the daily case rate hit pandemic-highs of 63,000, forcing Turkey into its first full lockdown.
Brits are advised not to book anywhere on the amber list, just in case things get worse and it turns red.