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Travel sector in focus as UK working on plans to ease travel restrictions

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By Samuel Indyk

Investing.com – UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed the government is working on plans to allow fully-vaccinated people to avoid quarantine rules when returning from ‘amber’ list countries, providing hope for companies in the travel sector that international travel will take-off this summer.

Speaking to Sky News about the plans, Hancock said: “This hasn't been clinically advised yet, we're working on it.”

“When I'm in a position to be able to say something then we will do. But it's absolutely something we're working on and it's something I want to see," Hancock added.

The idea that fully vaccinated people would be able to avoid quarantining on returning from ‘amber’ countries was first touted last week and gave a boost to airlines and tour operators.

Airlines such as EasyJet (LON:EZJ), Ryanair (LON:RYA), Wizz Air (LON:WIZZ) and British Airways parent IAG (LON:ICAG) are all trading higher today, as is tour operator Tui  (LON:TUIT) and jet engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce (LON:RR).

Many of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations are on the government’s ‘amber’ list of countries, meaning under current regulations passengers returning have to self-isolate for 10 days upon their return to the UK.

Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Germany, and Portugal are all on the ‘amber’ list.

However, that doesn’t mean that restrictions will be reciprocated. Last week, Italy announced that travellers from the UK will have to quarantine for five days amid the spread of the ‘Delta’ variant in the country. France and Germany have similar curbs on UK travellers.

A formal update from the UK government on changes to travel plans could come as soon as Thursday.

Travel sector in focus as UK working on plans to ease travel restrictions
 

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rusty largo
rustylargo Jun 22, 2021 12:11
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Its the testing that is pricing out travel for most.
John Smith
John Smith Jun 22, 2021 12:11
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It is the testing that is unnecessary. Unless of course the Maxines don't work.
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Steven Hughes Jun 22, 2021 12:11
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The vaccine only stops you from getting dangerously ill but you can still catch it and then spreading it around.
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Renata Majrichova Jun 22, 2021 11:14
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So let me think if you are fully vaccinated you can still catch and spread the covid but you don’t have to quarantine because you are vaccinated? Isn’t it discrimination against the non vaccinated?
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It's all bs designed for the control experiment
 
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