Families may be able to go on holiday if both parents have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
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Parents who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine could be allowed to take their unvaccinated children on holiday abroad from August.
It has been reported that the Government could announce new plans to allow double-jabbed adults to travel to amber list countries without having to quarantine on the way back.
Even though the plans are said to be introduced from August, ministers have been urged to bring them forward to July 19 to allow family holidays when schools are closed.
The new rules will mean that children under 16 will be able to go on trips abroad with their parents, but only if both parents have had two Covid-19 jabs.
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Parents could go on holiday with their children from August
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Families may also need to wait two weeks after receiving their second vaccine for full protection to kick in, The Sun reports.
An announcement could be made this week, together with an update on the green, amber and red list countries.
According to the current rules, Brits travelling to green list countries do not need to quarantine when they return home, but need to be tested for Covid.
People returning from amber list countries, however, also have to quarantine for 10 days.
The new rules are expected to be announced this week
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The amber list currently includes most popular summer hotspots such as Spain, Italy, France and Greece.
Brits coming back from red list countries have to self-isolate for 10 days in a government-approved quarantine hotel.
The Government currently advises Brits not to travel to places on the amber list, though an overhaul of travel restrictions is expected to be announced on Thursday.
Matt Hancock is looking to replace quarantine with daily tests
Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed today that ministers are looking at how to scrap the requirement for people to isolate for 10 days on return from an amber list country.
He said he is “in favour of moving forward in this area” and replacing quarantine with daily testing.
“This hasn’t been clinically advised yet – we’re working on it,” he told Sky News.
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“We’re working on plans to essentially allow the vaccine to bring back some of the freedoms that have had to be restricted to keep people safe.
“After all, that’s the whole purpose of the vaccination programme, that’s why it’s so important that every adult goes out and gets the jab.”
Asked if these plans could be in place as soon as August, Mr Hancock said: “We’ll get there when it’s safe to do so.”
The Times newspaper reported that Britain would announce an easing on Thursday to allow British holidaymakers who have had both coronavirus jabs to enjoy more quarantine-free travel from August.
But when travelling, holidaymakers should also be aware of the current restrictions in the country they visit, which may differ from rules in the UK.
Britain has the seventh highest death toll from Covid-19 globally of nearly 128,000 deaths but has one of the fastest vaccine rollouts in the world, with 80 per cent of adults having received a first vaccine dose and nearly 60 per cent a second shot.