EU set to agree to Covid passports and allow vaccinated Brits to travel

Brits may be able to have a summer holiday abroad as the EU is set to agree to Covid passports, it's reported.

The scheme, set to be published in the EU's 'digital green pass', will allow people to go on holiday if they've had the Covid jab or show they have antibodies.

The passport will allow residents from non-EU countries to travel if they are "in a position to present certificates under a system deemed sufficiently reliable," according to a leaked document obtained by Bloomberg.

The pressure is growing for Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, as Brits eagerly await news of when they can visit countries overseas again.

The digital pass will also permit travel for those who have tested negative, or who can prove they have gained a level of immunity having recovered from coronavirus, the document reports.

It also states individual countries will be able to strike deals with the UK, if the EU-wide scheme fails.

Currently, several European countries, including Greece, have signalled they are open to welcome Brits from May onwards.

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Matt Hancock previously said ministers are working with other countries around the world on common certificates in a bid to reopen international travel after the pandemic halted flights.

He told Sky News: "There are some countries around the world that are considering bringing in rules saying you can only travel if you’ve been vaccinated.

"These aren't in place yet, but there are countries that are actively floating this idea and proposing it.

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"In that case it will be important for people from the UK to be able to show whether or not they’ve been vaccinated in order to travel.

"So we’re working with countries around the world on the basis for this and how that vaccine certification can happen in a way that can be assured."

Spain is also considering vaccine passports to allow tourists to travel.

Those without the vaccine passport may still be allowed to enter the countries but could be forced to quarantine or to have negative Covid tests.

However, Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi previously suggested that vaccine passports would be “discriminatory” and stressed scientists didn't know for certain whether jabs could prevent people passing on the virus.

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