Mirror Online: LONDON, England – Fully vaccinated Brits could be using Covid passports to visit European countries by the end of June, it is claimed.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to hold travel talks with G7 counterparts at a summit in Cornwall in mid-June.
If successful, this could mean jabbed Brits will be able to visit places like France, Italy and Germany by the end of that month.
Conditions for entry could include digital proof of vaccination, a negative test or immunity, it has been reported.
This would create ‘travel corridors’ which could be be used by holidaymakers and business people to avoid tests and quarantine.
Mr Shapps wants to establish agreed standards under which travel will be acceptable going forward, reports the Telegraph.
The US could also be included on the so-called ‘green list’ as a G7 country with a high vaccination rate.
A government source told the publication: “G7 ministers will be looking at digital solutions to simplify and facilitate international travel and that would include vaccination passports.”
The news follows the announcement that Greece won’t require COVID passports, and Brits will be able to just show their NHS vaccine card instead
Ministers are currently under pressure to announce the initial list of countries Brits can travel to early next month, ahead of the earliest possible date for unlocking international travel – May 17.
People returning from ‘green list’ countries won’t have to self-isolate, but will have to take COVID-19 tests after their arrival.
Amber and red countries will have to home quarantine or quarantine at a hotel.
MPs heard last week that around 100 people are currently trying to enter the country each day with a “fake COVID certificate”.
The fake documents claiming a traveller has a recent negative test result are “very easy” to forge, MPs were told.
Lucy Moreton, professional officer for the Immigration Services Union (ISU), which represents border immigration and customs staff in the UK, also said there is “little to no” evidence on how well people are adhering to quarantine rules.
And asked how border agents are able to verify proof of a negative test, Ms Moreton told MPs: “We’re not is the simple answer, it’s predominately taken on trust.”
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