UK ‘vaccine passport’ plans to save summer holidays for sun-starved jabbed Brits

The UK will begin plans for a 'vaccine passport' to allow sun-starved Brits who have had the Covid-19 jab to get away for summer holidays in 2021.

Government departments are all said to be working on options for foreign travel that may ask for such a document as a condition of entry.

British tourists will be welcomed in Greece from May provided they can show they have received their jab, it has been reported.

Officials from the Foreign Office, Department for Transport and Department of Health and Social Care are all working on the project.

Government officials have reportedly said to the Greek Ministry of Tourism that Britain's vaccine programme is advanced enough that holidaymakers will "save their lucrative summer season".

Grigoris Tasios, president of the Hellenic Hoteliers Federation, said: "Greece has long been a favourite holiday destination for the British.

"But 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."

More than 10 million people in the UK have already received their first coronavirus jab as part of the biggest inoculation programme the country has ever launched.

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It is thought that many countries will demand a vaccine passport to ensure safe travelling.

While there are restrictions on movement within the UK as part of a third national lockdown, British citizens are permitted to fly into Greece.

Travellers must give evidence of a negative Covid-19 test that has been carried out in the 72 hours before arriving in the country.

Arrivals flying into Greece from the UK are required to take a rapid coronavirus test on arrival, and if the result is negative, self-isolate for seven days.

People arriving back into the UK now need a negative Covid test and must isolate at home for 10 days.

A hotel quarantine regime for passengers arriving from 33 'red-list' Covid hotspots will not start for another 10 days, the government admitted.

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