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Brit holidaymakers will get Covid passports after both vaccine doses from May 17 to show jab status for foreign travel


BRIT holidaymakers will get Covid passports after getting both vaccine doses from May 17 so they can travel abroad.

The Department for Transport announced that from that date people who have had both jabs will be able to use the NHS app to demonstrate their status.

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Grant Shapps said the move marks a cautious return to international travel

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Grant Shapps said the move marks a cautious return to international travelCredit: AFP

People who do not have the app will be able to request an NHS letter from that date. 

It comes as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed the list of countries where Brits can go on holiday from May 17 – with Portugal, Israel and Iceland on the green list.

“Today marks the first step in our cautious return to international travel, with measures designed above all else to protect public health and ensure we don’t throw away the hard-fought gains we’ve all strived to earn this year,” he said.

“This is a new way of doing things, and people should expect travel to be different this summer – with longer checks at the borders, as part of tough measures to prevent new strains of the virus entering the country and putting our fantastic vaccine rollout at risk.”  

Countries will themselves decide whether they require proof of Covid vaccination for entry, and it is the traveller’s responsibility to check individual requirements, the Government says.

Those without access to the app can request a letter from the NHS proving their vaccination status by calling 119, from 17 May.

Test results will not be stated in the app and the process for booking and presenting test results for travel remains unchanged. 

Also on the green list are Israel, Singapore, Portugal, the Falkland Islands, Ascension, St Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Brunei.

And New Zealand and Australia are also on the list – but they have their own entry requirements and are unlikely to let in tourists at the moment.

France, Greece and Spain are NOT yet on the green list, meaning Brits will have to wait until at least June 7 to find if they can go on holiday there this summer.

 





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