Booster jabs is not going to be required for travellers to the UK till 2022, transport secretary Grant Shapps has informed reporters at Dubai’s Expo 2020 occasion.
In accordance with UAE paper The Nationwide, Mr Shapps additionally stated that he didn’t “see any prospect” of any main journey rule adjustments that will have an effect on expats visiting for Christmas 2021.
Mr Shapps is on the Dubai occasion – which was postponed in 2020 after years of preparation – to “forge relationships” with world figures and UAE authorities, who the Division for Transport describes as “leaders in futuristic transport expertise, from flying automobiles to self-driving trains”.
The UAE is likely one of the UK’s largest buying and selling companions, bringing in virtually £18 billion to the UK economic system yearly.
Talking on the Expo’s UK Pavilion, Mr Shapps stated that journey guidelines for individuals getting into Britain wouldn’t change earlier than the tip of 2021, in a bid to reassure the various UAE-based British expats who could also be travelling to the UK for the vacations.
“I’ve met with the related aviation minister within the UAE and we spoke in regards to the situation of journey between the 2 international locations,” he informed reporters.
“We’re very eager to maintain the routes open, we completely wish to try this and we don’t see any prospect of anything occurring this Christmas.”
He additionally stated that any adjustments to guidelines for incoming travellers concerning booster jab standing wouldn’t be carried out earlier than the brand new 12 months.
“All of us perceive that boosters are the way in which ahead,” he stated.
“Even when individuals wouldn’t have their booster, they are going to nonetheless have the ability to come again [to the UK] as we don’t make any guidelines adjustments this 12 months.
“We’re dedicated to not readdressing the booster state of affairs till the brand new 12 months, so there is not going to be any rule adjustments at our finish.”
In the meanwhile, absolutely vaccinated individuals with simply two doses of an authorized vaccine can enter the UK with out quarantine.
Some international locations have set deadlines on the validity of a two-dose vaccination course, citing waning immunity after the primary few months.
France lately added a time restrict for getting a booster jab for guests aged over 65, whereas well being secretary Sajid Javid has stated that that is one thing the UK will contemplate “sooner or later”.