Travel news latest: One-dose vaccine could open up ‘amber list’ holidays to young Britons

Emma FeatherstoneMon, 5 April 2021, 8:32 am

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A traffic light system for restarting foreign holidays is set to be announced today that could see fully vaccinated travellers side-step quarantine on return from “amber list” destinations.

Those who are not fully immunised when travel restarts will be required to take extra tests and face up to 10 days of self-isolation when returning from countries on the “amber list,” which is likely to include key European holiday destinations, such as Spain and Greece.

Many younger holidaymakers will not have received both doses ahead of the proposed earliest restart date for international travel of May 17, but their quarantine-free holiday options could be widened by the single dose Janssen jab that’s set to be deployed among younger adults as a ‘jab and go’ offering.

“Where it will be useful is it could work really well for the younger cohort – the 18 to 29 year olds. One hit and you are done – and you are off to Ibiza,” a source told The Telegraph of the vaccine.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to reveal details of a traffic light system for holidays at 5pm today and the travel industry has welcomed restart plans, while urging for a clearer system than that of last summer

Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: “Regularly updated traffic lights will provide more clarity and certainty than last year but ideally there will be a two-week notice period before countries are switched from one colour category to another. The last thing you’d want on a two-week break is to have to come home half-way through the trip because your destination has moved from green to amber.”

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