Travel Industry Reacts to England Reopening for Fully Vaccinated Tourists From US, EU

The United Kingdom’s transport minister announced Wednesday that fully vaccinated visitors from the European Union and United States would be allowed to skip COVID-related quarantine when visiting England.

According to, Transport Minister Grant Shapps revealed that travelers who received a full vaccination from an approved brand would no longer be required to quarantine upon arrival in England, starting on August 2.

“It’s time for U.S. leaders to do the same and set a timeline to reopen our national borders—and we encourage them to start with vaccinated travelers from the U.K., E.U. and Canada,” Barnes continued. “The reality is there’s no difference between a vaccinated American and those vaccinated in the U.K., the E.U. and Canada.”

Despite the White House not reopening to international arrivals, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday he is discussing a travel corridor with the U.S., which would mean the restart of non-essential transatlantic tourism.

“Following news that fully vaccinated EU and US citizens arriving into the UK will no longer be required to self-isolate, we stand ready to work with Government to ensure new rules are smoothly implemented at pace, supporting the reopening of the Transatlantic corridor,” Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss said.

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