From today Monday 17 May, international travel can gradually resume for destinations that have been added to England’s ‘Green List’. Strict rules on testing and quarantine will remain in place to protect public health and the governments vaccination programme. Travel to ‘amber’ and ‘red’ countries are not being encouraged at this stage, however today marks a positive step forward for our industry.
To coincide with this, UK Border Force has undergone a number of improvements to the Border Crossing Systems to provide capability to automatically carry out health checks at the same time as travel documents. 24 locations at major ports and airports have gone live, with all ports to be included by the end of June. We will keep you updated on these developments.
e-Gates are also undergoing upgrades, starting with Heathrow and Gatwick, which are currently being tested. Works have started in Manchester, Stansted, Luton and Birmingham with the intention all will be upgraded by the Autumn. The works are currently due to be completed six months earlier than originally scheduled.
The NHS England App includes vaccination certification for outbound travel purposes from today (17th May). The App to be downloaded is the main NHS App and should not be confused with the Track and Trace App. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are to follow after further development relevant to each country. All passengers can obtain their certificate via the App, NHS website or by calling 119 for those without digital connection.