Vaccinated UK holidaymakers ‘dismay over strict Covid travel test rules’

Most UK travellers believe they should be allowed to jet away freely to green and amber destinations without needing to take Covid tests to return to the UK if they are double vaccinated.

Despite the removal of quarantine for amber list destinations, there is still a requirement for all travellers – including those fully vaccinated – to take an in destination pre-departure lateral flow test followed by a PCR test two days after returning to the UK, costing around £400 per family of four.

The easyJet study also revealed a huge 88 per cent of passengers found government travel policies and advice confusing with a further 83 per cent thinking there has been a lack of transparency around the country traffic light travel lists.

And even though the government has now removed the need to quarantine when returning from destinations on the Amber list with the exception of France, 58 per cent of double-vaccinated passengers think it has taken too long to get the benefits of their double vaccine.

Johan Lundgren, easyJet chief executive, said: “The roll-out of the vaccine has been a true success story for the UK and being able to travel was a big driver for many to decide to get vaccinated.

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“We now need to take the same next step for travel and recognise that those who are fully vaccinated do not need to be tested when they are travelling from countries which are not on the Red list.

“This study shows that the overwhelming majority of people see no justification for the fully vaccinated having to do tests when they travel to approved countries. The government’s own data shows that testing travellers coming from Europe is not necessary.

“We do not want to see a return to flying being a preserve of the rich and so, we urge the government to quickly remove these unnecessary tests for low risk countries and for the fully vaccinated otherwise they risk turning back the clock.”

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