In a statement put forth by government officials this past Wednesday, individuals from the United States and most of Europe, who are fully vaccinated, will soon be allowed to enter Scotland and England without a need to go through the strict quarantine measures.
Grant Shapps, the current Transport Secretary, put out a tweet stating, “We’re helping reunite people living in the US and European countries with their family and friends in the UK.”
“From 2nd August at 4am people from these countries will be able to come to the England from an amber country without having to quarantine if they’re fully vaxxed” stated Shapps.
We're helping reunite people living in the US and European countries with their family and friends in the UK 👪
From 2nd August at 4am people from these countries will be able to come to the England from an amber country without having to quarantine if they're fully vaxxed 💉
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) July 28, 2021
As brought to light by The New York Times, “The government has been criticized for discriminating between travelers who were vaccinated in Britain and those who were inoculated elsewhere, without any medical justification. Vaccinated people arriving in England from most ‘amber list’ countries, those with moderately high transmission, have been required to self-isolate — unless they received their shots in Britain.”
Shapps then went on to add, via Twitter, that any vaccinated travelers will still be required to take a “pre-departure test before arrival and take a PCR test on day 2 of returning to the England.” He continued on saying that all international cruises will soon be restarting and “flexible testing programs to help key workers and drive our economic recovery.”
This decision did not pass through without an egregious amount of pushback, however. “I am very concerned about the government’s announcement via the press this morning,” stated Angela Rayner, the current Labour Party deputy leader, in an interview with Sky News.
“We need to make sure that we have got a proper data-driven analysis and that we look at an international passport for vaccines. … We also know that people who have had the vaccine of course can still get the virus, so a testing regime is very important and crucial as well,” stated Rayner, as reported by The Washington Post.
The changes come in the wake of the United Stated prolonging its current travel restrictions and extending some of its land border shutdowns.
In a report put forth by The Hill, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated this past Monday, “We will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point for a few reasons. The more transmissible Delta variant is spreading both here and around the world.”
“Driven by the Delta variant, cases are rising here at home, particularly among those who are unvaccinated, and appear likely to continue in the weeks ahead,” she continued.
“The CDC just advised Americans against travel to the United Kingdom this past Monday given the surge in cases. They will evaluate and make recommendations based on health data,” stated Psaki.