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Double-jabbed Brits will be allowed to travel to amber list countries "later in the summer" without having to quarantine for ten days on their return, the government has announced.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the news in a tweet but did not set a definite date for when the rule would be scrapped.
A host of countries were also added to the green 'safe for travel' list, including Malta, Madeira, the Balearic Islands and several UK Overseas Territories and Caribbean Islands, including Barbados.
Mr Shapps said: "Thanks to our successful vaccination programme, our intention is that later in the summer UK residents who are fully vaccinated will not have to isolate when travelling from amber list countries.
"We’ll set out further details next month."
The news will be seen as a huge boost for the travel industry and comes as millions hope for some summer sun abroad.
Boris Johnson had hinted the move was on the cards.
The Prime Minister told reporters: "I think the real opportunity we all have now is to open travel through the double jab.
"We’ve got more than 60% of our population have now had two jabs, I think 83% have had one jab, we’re really getting through it now. The crucial thing is come forward and get your second jab."
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But he added he has not yet made holiday plans himself – saying "my plans at this stage are at the unformed stage, I’m afraid." He added: "I'm certainly not ruling it in or ruling it out."
It comes as a handful of holiday islands were put on the travel 'green list'.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to add the Balearic Islands and Malta in his three weekly review of the traffic-light system – which takes force on Monday.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.