Beginning next month, fully vaccinated travellers from the European Union and the United States will no longer be required to enter Britain through quarantine, the British government announced Wednesday.
Beginning Monday, vaccinated people from those countries will be able to enter the UK without spending 10 days in quarantine, according to Transport Minister Grant Shapps.
Quarantine will not be required for fully vaccinated British residents returning home from visiting so-called “amber” countries. COVID-19 outbreaks are less severe in countries on the UK’s amber list.
“We’re helping reunite people living in the U.S. and European countries with their family and friends in the U.K.,” Shapps tweeted.
He said fully vaccinated travelers must still have a pre-departure COVID-19 test before arriving and must take a polymerase chain reaction test on their second day in Britain.
The country is also restarting international cruises.
“Whether you’re a family or a business, this is progress we can all enjoy,” Shapps said.
The announcement comes just two days after Heathrow Airport in London announced that it would begin accepting travellers from the United States who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
On Monday, the United States also announced that it would maintain its existing travel restrictions, prohibiting most non-Americans from entering the country from the United Kingdom.