Transport Secretary says Brits can enjoy stress free holidays this August

Aug 6, 2021

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British travellers keen for a long-overdue summer holiday abroad can now do so without the stress of rushing home to avoid rule changes for the rest of August.

“People will be able to go on holiday without looking over their shoulders the whole time,” transportation secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News, who assured travellers there would be no significant travel change in the next three weeks. The new rules will take effect from 4 a.m. on Sunday, 8 August.

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The U.K. traffic light updates every three weeks have brought a mixture of excitement and disappointment as destinations switch between green, amber and red. When a country has turned green travellers have flocked to book travel, while a move from green to amber, or the dreaded red list can cause a scramble to return home before the new rules commence.

Related: All 36 countries and territories that are on the UK’s green list

The most recent update earlier this week saw several destinations move from the red to amber list, including the United Arab Emirates and India. This means fully vaccinated Brits will not have to quarantine when they return from these destinations from 8 August.

August is traditionally the busiest travel month of the year for British travellers with the combination of summer weather and school holidays. Brits would usually flock to holiday hotspots like Spain, Italy and Greece in August, though the traffic light system has been in the back of every travellers mind as they nervously book and set off on their travels.

Shapps’ announcement follows his 4 August tweet removing the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers from France and the scrapping of the “amber plus” list.

Read more: UK removes quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travellers from France, updates travel lists

He also warned that vaccine passports will remain a “permanent” fixture of international travel for the “foreseeable future”.

Fully vaccinated travellers under the age of 18 arriving in England via France will no longer need to isolate just in time for the August holidays.

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