Fully vaccinated travellers from the US or EU will soon be able to fly into the UK from amber list countries without isolating, according to reports.

Under new plans that are expected to be announced on Wednesday, international travel into the country will be opened up significantly.

Millions of people desperate to be reunited with family and friends in the UK may soon be able to do so without having to isolate for 10 days.

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Under the current rules, only people who have been double jabbed by the NHS are allowed to skip the quarantine period if coming from an amber list country.

This means that many Brits who live in other countries do not benefit from the new travel system.

A slight concession was made last week, when it was announced that people travelling from such countries who were fully vaccinated and registered with a British GP would be isolation exempt.

However, because a lot of Brits living abroad are not registered to a doctor in the UK, the rule left many out, reports The Mirror.

Ministers are due to meet on Wednesday to expand the number of those abroad who are eligible to skip quarantine to those with US vaccine cards and EU bloc green passes, according to the Guardian.

It is unclear whether the move would apply across the four devolved administrations or just England.

Aviation firms claim a trial has demonstrated the UK can safely exempt fully vaccinated US and EU visitors from self-isolation.

Heathrow Airport, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic claimed their 10-day pilot scheme proved that the coronavirus vaccination status of travellers can be efficiently and accurately checked away from the border.

Around 250 fully vaccinated passengers on selected flights from New York, Los Angeles, Jamaica and Athens earlier this month presented their credentials using paper or digital formats before boarding the plane.

Some 99% of their documents were verified as authentic. Just two passengers' credentials were rejected.

In one case there was a discrepancy between the name on their vaccine card and the name on their passport, while another involved someone who had been fully vaccinated less than 14 days before travel.

The Department for Transport has committed to holding a formal review of its rules for arriving travellers before Sunday.

It is expected to announce when it will begin recognising vaccines administered in other countries.

British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle said the trial provides "the evidence the Government needs" to allow fully vaccinated visitors from low-risk countries to enter the UK without self-isolating.

He added: "The UK needs to safely reopen its borders as soon as possible to ensure loved ones can reunite, business can thrive and global Britain is able to take advantage of the UK's world-leading vaccination programme."

Quarantine rules could change for travellers from the US and EU
Quarantine rules could change for travellers from the US and EU

His counterpart at Virgin Atlantic, Shai Weiss, warned that continuing the UK's "overly cautious approach" towards international travel will harm the economic recovery from the virus crisis and put half a million jobs at risk.

He claimed the trial shows that airlines would ensure an easing of the amber rules is "implemented smoothly at pace".

Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye said: "The vaccine has been a miracle of science, and these trials have shown that we can allow fully vaccinated passengers from the EU and US to visit the UK without quarantine.

"There is now no reason to delay with rolling out the solution from July 31."

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