On Monday, August 2, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he wanted to get the travel industry moving again by establishing a simple, user–friendly set of standards that would allow for international travel.
“We need to get people, get the travel industry moving again,” Johnson told reporters.
“We want an approach that is as simple as we can possibly make it.”
Britain reopened its borders to a huge portion of the world on Monday, removing quarantine for fully vaccinated arrivals from the European Union, excluding France and the United States, France 24 reported.
However, fear that the government may soon impose new limits on vacations dampened the benefit for the tourism industry.
As reported by VOA News, new visitors must still be tested for the coronavirus before boarding a trip to the United Kingdom and within two days of their arrival.
Britain is maintaining its quarantine restrictions for French visitors, citing a high number of cases of the beta type in some places. South Africa was the place where the beta variety was first discovered.
With approximately 90% of adults receiving at least one vaccination, Britain has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. As the government continues to relax coronavirus travel restrictions, Britain has announced opening its borders to fully vaccinated tourists from the United States and much of Europe.
According to The Telegraph, the country will begin offering a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 32 million Britons in early September. The vaccines will be offered at up to 2,000 pharmacies to get them into the arms by early December.
Times newspaper reported COVID-19 warning against travel to Spain, the UK’s most popular vacation destination, was expected.
Spain might be placed on a new risk category known as the “amber watchlist,” which means it could be raised to “red” status at any time, forcing arrivals to quarantine in hotels.
When asked if an “amber watchlist” was possible, Johnson replied that people needed to remember that COVID-19 was still dangerous.
“We must try and stop variants coming in, must stop importing variants from abroad, so we have to have a balanced approach,” he said.
“What I want to see is something that is as simple and as user friendly for people as possible.”