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NHS app will become vaccine passport allowing Brits to travel

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
28th Apr 21 11:04 am

The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that within the “next couple of weeks” Brits will be told which countries they can travel too with no quarantine this summer.

The government are to set out a traffic light system which will list countries which are wither on the red, amber or green list which will be confirmed within the next two weeks.

The NHS app can be used to prove how many vaccines you have had and of you have tested negative or positive prior to travelling.

Shapps told Sky News on Wednesday, “In terms of vaccine certification, I can confirm we are working on an NHS application, actually it will be the NHS app that is used for people when they book appointments with the NHS and so on, to be able to show you’ve had a vaccine or you’ve had testing.

“I’m working internationally with partners across the world to make sure that system can be internationally recognised, as that’s the way forward.

“Actually, I’m chairing a meeting of the G7 secretaries of state for transport, my equivalents from America and Canada and all the G7 countries, next week on exactly this subject.”

The government’s Joint Biosecurity Centre will provide data which will determine which countries will be on the traffic light system.

Shapps said, “Beyond our shores we are seeing the highest levels of coronavirus that we have seen so far in the entire pandemic, right now.

“So we do need to make sure we do this very, very carefully – we don’t want to throw away the lockdown, we don’t want to throw away our remarkable rollout in this country of the vaccination.

“But, in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be able to tell you about which countries will have made it into the traffic light system and that ‘green’ list in particular are the countries where you’ll be able to go to without needing to quarantine on your return.

“You will still need to take a pre-departure test and one test on your return. I think people are getting very used to testing now, not least because we provide testing up to twice a week for everyone in the country right now.”

“So I don’t think a test itself is a big deal.”

Spanish authorities have confirmed that British holidaymakers will be allowed in to Spain from June with a vaccine passport.

The British government will allow international travel to resume in England from 17 May under the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Spanish Tourism Minister Fernando Valdes Verelst confirmed, “June will be the start of the recovery of tourism in Spain.

“By then, we will have a digital vaccination certificate in place and we will be able to reopen our borders.”

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