MILLIONS of Brits have been given a summer holidays boost after a minister said our “world class” vaccine drive may open the way for foreign travel.
Foreign office minister James Cleverly said the UK will work with tourist destinations to try and restart trips for those who have had the jab.
🦠 Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates
He made the remarks after it was reported the Government is working on vaccine passports to help Brits jet off for some sun.
Greece, where case numbers are lower than in the rest of Europe, is preparing to waive quarantine rules for tourists who have been jabbed from as early as May.
EU diplomats say other Mediterranean hotspots like Portugal and Spain are also already pushing for ways to get Brits back in this summer.
They expect a network of “travel corridors” to emerge again over the next few months as European countries take different approaches to reopening borders.
It came as
Asked about foreign holidays, Mr Cleverly said it will be up to each destination to set its own rules for those arriving.
But he added: “We are incredibly proud of the speed and the breadth of our vaccination rollout.
“Of course the whole world hopes that the vaccination programme will be a way of getting back to normality quickly.
“It’s often the case that the entry requirements for countries are for vaccinations or inoculations and that is not an uncommon practice.
“We will work with international partners to help facilitate their border arrangements and their immigration arrangements as they bring them in.”
Mr Cleverly said the choice of destinations for Brits will depend on jabs elsewhere being “as effectively distributed as they are here in the UK”.
And he said: “One of the things we are seeing now is the UK is one of the leading counties in the world, over 10.5 million people vaccinated.
“We’re seeing that our world class vaccine programme is really giving us positive news.”
Today the Times reported officials at the Foreign Office are working on plans to issue vaccine passports to Brits.
Greece is said to be drawing up plans to allow travellers in who have had both doses of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine.
The country, whose tourism industry has been battered by the pandemic, is keen to welcome back Brits.
But other Europeans, including Germans, may have to wait longer because of the EU’s shambolic jabs rollout.
Grigoris Tasios, of the Greece’s hoteliers federation, said: “Greece has long been a favourite holiday destination for the British.
“With the rate of inoculations in the UK largely outpacing all others across Europe and beyond, British travellers will be among the safest to travel here by as early as May.”
Last month, Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis told EU chiefs there needs to be a “common understanding” on vaccine passports to help kick start travel the summer season.
‘YOU HAVE NO AUTHORITY!’
Hilarious moment Parish Council Zoom meeting descends into chaos
PM to end rules making pubs serve a substantial meal with drinks
UK ‘planning vaccine passport’ to allow Brits to travel abroad for holidays
Brits will be able to meet more pals outside in first stage of lockdown easing
Celebs Go Dating star Wayne Lineker should change his last name to Kerr
HAIRCUT OUR LOSSES
Ministers push for reopening of hairdressers to boost mental health
Although he stopped short of saying they should be made mandatory for travel he said a formal jab certificate would encourage people to get inoculated.
Other EU countries with big tourism industries are also pushing hard for a common vaccine passport system that could include Britain.
But some nations where jabs scepticism is high, especially France, are resisting the idea.