BRITAIN’S vaccine passport scheme will utilize the NHS app, Grant Shapps confirmed today, as he vowed to reveal the green list of vacation locations within the next 2 weeks.
The transport secretary said Covid certificates for tourist and large domestic events, such as gigs and football matches, will be built into the health service smartphone application.
Read our coronavirus live blog for the current updates
And in a boost to millions he also announced the UK is on course to drop its ban on international travel on May 17, declaring “The data does continue to look great.”
His remarks came after Spain’s tourist minister told that the nation will be prepared to welcome back Brits in June.
Mr Shapps stated the UK will have to be “very mindful” as it reopens the borders since the pandemic is raving worse than ever in numerous other parts of the world.
However he stated he wants to make sure people can get a break this summer, and also that Brits are able to be reunited with relative who live overseas.
He stated: “In regards to vaccine certification I can verify we are dealing with an NHS application.
” It will be the NHS app that is utilized for individuals when they book visits with the NHS, to be able to reveal you have actually had a vaccine or that you have actually had screening.
” I’m working worldwide with partners throughout the world to make sure that system can be globally recognised, so that’s the method forward.”
The transport secretary stated he’ll chair a meeting with associates from the G7 nations – the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan – next week.
And he confirmed he’ll quickly unveil which countries will fall into the 3 categories under Britain’s brand-new “traffic light” travel system.
Green nations will be classified as the safest, implying there is no requirement to quarantine when returning to the UK.
People will still need to take a pre-departure test prior to returning, plus another test on their 2nd day house.
Those going to amber countries will be needed to go into 10-day seclusion and take 2 tests.
While just British residents and locals will have the ability to return from red countries, and they’ll need to pay for the ₤ 1,750 hotel quarantine.
4 tests will be used to choose which nation goes into which classification.
Officials will take a look at rate of vaccination, Covid cases, issues about variants, and how trusted their reporting of pandemic stats is.
Mr Shapps said: “Towards the beginning of May I will set out which nations fall into the various different classifications. So shortly to wait now, within the next couple of weeks.
” The earliest possible unlock is May 17. So far the data does continue to look great from a UK point of view, regardless of those concerns about whether people might be travelling to and ensuring we’re safeguarded from the disease being reimported.”
JUNE OLÉ DAYS
Spain to welcome Brits back to its beaches in June, tourist chief verifies EM-IRATE Dubai summertime hols at threat as UAE remains on UK red list – in spite of vaccine rollout FETA TIMES Cyprus to invite immunized Brits from May 10 in spite of 2 week lockdown
HIT THE HAY
Eccentric Airbnb lets you have a pajama party with a REALLY charming roomie FORWARD PROHIBITING Foreign hols to be difficult for YEARS due to Covid, warns tourism minister
Brits to have Covid passports for France, Germany & Italy hols ‘by June’
And he added: “People that are desperate to take a break. More than people taking vacations, I’m concerned to be able to rejoin families who may not have actually seen each other for months longer which requires travel.
” We need to be extremely careful. Beyond our shores we’re seeing the greatest levels of Coronavirus that we’ve seen so far in the entire pandemic right now.
” So we do need to ensure we do this very, extremely thoroughly. We don’t want to throw away the lockdown, we don’t wish to throwaway our remarkable rollout in this country of the vaccination.”