'Real opportunity' to 'open up' travel for those with two COVID jabs – PM says

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Boris Johnson has indicated that a relaxation of travel rules for those who have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine is on the horizon.

The prime minister said there is a “real opportunity” to “open up travel through the double jab”.

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“We’ve got more than 60% of our [adult] population that have now had two jabs, 83% have had one jab,” he said.

“We’re really getting through it now. The crucial thing is to come forward and get your second jab.

“I’m not going to claim that this summer for travel purposes is going to be like any summer.

“I don’t want to cast a pall over things, but as I said the other day, it will be different.”

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Mr Johnson’s comments come ahead of the latest update to the government’s traffic light system of travel restrictions.

Malta and the Balearic Islands – which include Ibiza, Mallorca, Minorca and Formentera – could be added to the quarantine-free green list today, sources have suggested.

There have been calls from holidaymakers and travel firms for more countries to be moved from the amber list and for the government to drop the self-isolation rules for those who have been fully-vaccinated.

Popular European tourist destinations like France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece are all on the amber list, alongside the United States.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News on Tuesday that quarantine-free travel to amber list countries for people who have had two jabs is “absolutely something” the government is “working on”.

“This hasn’t been clinically advised yet, we’re working on it,” Mr Hancock said about the move, which would see the current 10-day isolation replaced by daily COVID testing.

“When I’m in a position to be able to say something then we will do,” he continued.

“But it’s absolutely something we’re working on and it’s something I want to see.”

Reports in recent days have suggested that the change could come into effect in August.