Grant Shapps: No Quarantine for vaccinated British tourists from amber list countries from July 19th.

This morning the UK Minister of Transport, Grant Shapps, has officially announced that fully vaccinated adults and children under the age of 18 will no longer need to self-isolate for 10 days after returning to the UK.

However, whilst he was making the statement in the Commons he added that it will still be necessary to take a PCR test on the second day of returning. 

"I can confirm today that from 19 July, UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England," Mr Shapps said.

Additionally confirming that the governments current advice not to travel to amber list countries will also be lifted on the same day, meaning that holidaymakers should be able to travel for leisure purposes and see family members. 

Further, he added, "They will still be required to take a test three days before returning, the pre-departure test, demonstrating they're negative before they travel, and a PCR test on or before day two, but they will no longer be required to take a day eight test. Children under 18 must also take PCR tests on their second day back." 

The transport secretary also clarified that fully vaccinated means "14 days have passed since your final dose of the vaccine", and that the rules may differ across the different UK nations as health matters are devolved.