Boris Johnson says double jabs will be ‘liberator’ for travel
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The Prime Minister has given an indication that plans to resume international travel for double-jabbed Britons could happen as soon as July 26. It comes as travel bosses urge the Government to relax restrictions for the “lagging” UK market.
Speaking to Sky News from the Nissan plant in Sunderland, Boris Johnson said: “I am very confident that the double jabs will be a liberator and they will enable people to travel.
“We will be setting out a lot more of that detail in the course of July and in the next few days about how we see it working.
“But there is no doubt at all once you’ve got two jabs you are in a much better position.”
He added: “Everyone who is frustrated about travel over the summer, double-jabs will be a liberator.”
However, the Prime Minister urged Britons to proceed with caution, saying travel will not be the same as it has been in the past.
“I want to repeat a point that I’ve made before, and I hope people will forgive me if I say that I do want travel to be possible but I’ve got to stress that this year will not be like every other year because of the difficulties with covid.
“People shouldn’t expect it will be completely hassle-free.”
The UK is now one of the only countries in the European continent where travel has not resumed.
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Across the European Union (EU) nations have begun to launch he EU Covid green pass for travel, allowing passengers to show their COVID-19 testing and vaccination status.
Although the UK has its own NHS vaccine app, sadly some nations are not accepting it as official evidence.
Malta has said Britons will only be permitted to present evidence in the form of a letter from the NHS.
While EU member states have opened up to one another, UK holidaymakers remain at the peril of the Government’s rapidly changing “traffic light” system.
Airports and airlines across the continent have already warned of “major operational risks”, according to Politico.
The industry raised its concerns over a “worrying patchwork of approaches and solutions” in a letter to EU leaders, adding that “the risk of chaos at European airports is real.”
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has urged the UK Government to work with the EU covid safe certificate in order to make travel a smoother process.
Speaking to Bloomberg he said: “I am pleased to say the digital Covid certificates have started today and they are working very well.
“23 of the EU countries have been issuing these certificates for the last two weeks.
“There are one or two countries, most notably Ireland, who still haven’t issued the certificates and so there are still some problems there.”
Mr O’Leary continued: “The UK is a country where 60 percent of the adult population has now been fully vaccinated.
“We see that as enough to allow UK families to go on holiday in Europe.
“But the Europeans need to reciprocate.
“In our view, the best thing would be to join the EU digital Covid certificate with the NHS app in the UK and therefore you’d have seamless travel.”
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