Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has confirmed that booster jabs will not be a requirement for entry to the UK until 2022.
Currently, fully vaccinated people with two approved doses of the COVID vaccine can enter the UK without any quarantine restrictions. Mr Shapps made clear that these guidelines would remain for travellers over Christmas 2021.
“We are very keen to keep the routes open, we absolutely want to do that and we do not see any prospect of anything else happening this Christmas.”
With the roll-out of the vaccination booster programme, there has been a lack of clarity for travellers if these boosters are required to ensure free-travel without quarantine restrictions. While Mr Shapps states that, “we all understand that boosters are the way forward.” He reassures that, “even if people do not have their booster, they will still be able to come back [to the UK] as we are not making any rules changes this year.
“We are committed to not readdressing the booster situation until the new year, so there will not be any rule changes at our end.”