Holiday hopes for double-jabbed as ministers ‘draw up plans to scrap quarantine’

Simon Calder discusses regulations for travelling to Malta

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The measure could be eliminated by July 26, allowing vaccinated people to book a holiday this summer, according to the Times. Those with two doses of the coronavirus jab would be exempt from self-isolating at home upon return.

According to the news outlet, the exemption would only apply to UK residents with access to the NHS.

However, the measure could be applied to all residents in the European Union under an agreement close to being reached.

A Government source told the Times: “The big focus for us is Europe now.

“All European ambassadors have been told to go lobby.”

Some ministers have even started to book holidays abroad in a new sign that leisure travel could soon be back.

One Cabinet minister said the outlook is “optimistic”.

They told the Sunday Express: “I am looking at having a couple of weeks in France at the end of August.

“It all depends on what happens and how things go. But I’m optimistic.”

It is believed others are looking at holidays in Portugal, Spain and Italy this summer.

The Cabinet minister added: “There can’t be another lockdown. Never say never but it really is biting the economy.

“There is no doubt now that it is hurting businesses, particularly the hospitality and travel sectors. We can’t go on like this.

“It’s probably too late for the events industry, such as wedding organisers, because of the supply chain issues.

“It’s not like we are tightly locked down now. London is back to life. We can go out in bars and restaurants. There are grey areas.”

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