The government is expected to announce on Thursday that travelers arriving in England from “amber” countries, the average rating for Covid incidence, which covers most of Europe, will no longer have to self-quarantine.
In advance, Heathrow said it was launching a pilot for passengers coming from select destinations to enter an immigration fast lane upon arrival, after showing evidence that they have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine.
“This pilot will allow us to demonstrate that vaccination status checks prior to departure and arrival can be carried out safely at check-in, so that fully vaccinated passengers can avoid quarantine from 19 July, “said Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye.
July 19 is the government’s deadline to lift most pandemic restrictions in England, although many scientists are concerned about the plan as infection rates skyrocket from the more contagious Delta variant.
However, the government says a successful mass vaccination program has weakened the link connecting infections to hospitalizations and deaths.
More than 86 per cent of adults in the UK have received at least one needle stick and 64 per cent are fully vaccinated, according to official data.
“The UK is already lagging behind (of the US and the EU), and a continued and overly cautious approach to international travel will further affect the economic recovery and the 500,000 UK jobs that are up for grabs, “said Shai Weiss, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic airline. .
Heathrow’s trial will initially cover passengers traveling on select flights from Athens, Los Angeles, Montego Bay in Jamaica and New York.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said Tuesday that people in England who have received a double needlestick, as well as those under the age of 18, will no longer have to isolate themselves if they have been in contact with someone who tests positive for Covid. -19.
But the easing will only apply from August 16, almost a month after other controls end, including the mandatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces.
The other nations of the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, set their own health policy and are moving more slowly.