The Government looks likely to waive the mandatory quarantine requirement for 2,000 foreign football fans to enable them to attend the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium, The Telegraph understands.
Ministers have already agreed an exemption for an estimated 2,500 Uefa VIPs, including officials, politicians and sponsors, that will enable them to attend the semi-finals and final without self-isolating for 10 days.
The agreement, which is still to be signed off, was personally negotiated by the Prime Minister’s chief of staff and came amid threats from Uefa to relocate the matches overseas. Sources said the UK would have lost out if a compromise was not reached.
The Government has also decided to increase capacity at Wembley for the final three matches to 75 per cent, meaning 60,000 fans will be able to attend.
It has since emerged that under a separate provisional agreement between Uefa and the UK, which has yet to be signed off, up to 1,000 overseas fans from each of the two nations that reach the final will also be given an exemption.
Sources confirmed on Wednesday night that the proposal would require the fans to travel on charter flights and be ferried around on coaches to and from the stadium before and after the match.
They added that the restrictions would keep the travelling fans in a tight bubble and limit the risk of covid-19 transmission. The number of overseas fans would also be reduced if England or Wales reached the final.
Like the VIPs, the supporters will also be required to produce a negative pre-departure test.
The fans will only be given the exemption for the final, unlike the Uefa accredited guests, who will be able to travel to the UK from July 5 ahead of the first semi-final and stay until after the final on July 11.
It comes after Boris Johnson on Tuesday faced backlash from senior Tory MPs, who argued that the VIP exemption was “morally inconsistent” while restrictions remain in place for Britons returning from amber list countries.
British holidaymakers currently have to isolate at home for 10 days and pay for at least two PCR tests if they visit amber list countries, from which the vast majority of the football VIPs will be coming.