The UK is considering easing flight restrictions on those with full vaccines at a time when Boris Johnson’s government is under pressure from airlines to oppose a traffic light system approved by health officials. Once vaccinated Britons are on the “yellow” risk list – where Portugal is located – the opportunity to return from countries without having to comply with the isolation period is on the table.
The Transport Ministry said on Thursday it was evaluating how the vaccination process could be used to facilitate travel, after Ryanair and the owner of three British airports, the Manchester Airport Board, advanced with court action against 10th on Downing Street. Similar to the policy followed in the EU.
So far, looking at the data in our world, 72 million doses have been administered in the territory, of which more than 30 million correspond to fully vaccinated individuals, i.e. 45% of the population.
“We began working to consider the role of vaccines in defining different health measures and tests for travel,” a government spokesman explained to Reuters on Thursday. According to The Guardian, Health Minister Matt Hancock acknowledged that he was “open to the idea.”
Although British Airways and EasyJet have been sidelined in the case, the airlines have not been silent on public health policies and criticisms raised by Boris Johnson and flight controls prepared by British health officials. The two multinationals have appealed to the government to allow those who have already been fully vaccinated to travel without restrictions, and to remove barriers to entry into countries considered low-risk.
On the other hand, Ryaner’s CEO called the UK’s public health policy a “total disorder” and went to court against the “opaque” traffic light system that helps classify airports as “green”, “amber” or “yellow”. , And “red”. Portugal is on the “yellow” list, meaning Britons on holiday in the national territory must be isolated at home for ten days and take the Covit-19 test when they return. But, according to the plan under review, citizens who have already been fully vaccinated can avoid this practice.
Keep in mind that although the UK can raise air restrictions to EU destinations, the benefits are not mutually exclusive. This Wednesday, the community administrator decided to open the borders for vaccinated tourists from the United States, but decided to leave the United Kingdom due to the risks of delta variation associated with India.