UK will use Covid passports for international travel, Grant Shapps confirms

Travellers from the UK will use so-called Covid passports to show they have been vaccinated or have tested negative for the virus before travelling abroad, transport secretary Grant Shapps confirmed.

Shapps said an NHS app would be used for travellers to be able to show their vaccine status and evidence of recent negative Covid-19 tests.

“It will be the NHS app that is used for people when they book appointments with the NHS and so on, to be able to show you’ve had a vaccine or that you’ve had testing,” he told Sky News.

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“I’m working internationally with partners across the world to make sure that system can be internationally recognised.”

Shapps also said the list of countries that people from the UK can visit this summer without quarantining on their return will be released in a “couple of weeks”.

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Under the roadmap for the lifting of lockdown, international travel without a specific exemption is not allowed until at least 17 May.

Ministers plan to introduce a traffic light system, with travellers to green list countries not having to quarantine on their return, although they will still have to take a Covid-19 test.

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“We do need to make sure we do this very, very carefully – we don’t want to throw away the lockdown, we don’t want to throw away our remarkable rollout in this country of the vaccination,” Shapps told Sky News.

“But, in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be able to tell you about which countries will have made it into the traffic light system and that green list, in particular, are the countries where you’ll be able to go to without needing to quarantine on your return,” he said.

“You will still need to take a pre-departure test and one test on your return,” he added.

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