The NHS app might not be prepared to be used as a vaccine passport when vacation restrictions ease, Downing Avenue has admitted.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps final week mentioned he had requested overseas governments to drop their testing and quarantine necessities for British vacationers whose jabs had been registered on the app.
However yesterday the federal government mentioned the software nonetheless doesn’t work, because it prepares to permit some journey overseas from Could 17.
‘Mr Shapps set out the method we need to take,’ mentioned Boris Johnson’s spokesman. ‘We’re engaged on the app for the time being, at tempo, to have it prepared.
‘There are different routes to attaining the identical end-goal and we can verify forward of Could 17 on the earliest what approaches we will likely be utilizing.’
In the meantime, Portugal has been pushing for a spot on Britain’s inexperienced listing of protected locations, as its tourism minister mentioned the EU wouldn’t require a vaccine passport from Brits.
‘You might want to show that you’ve a vaccine, or that you’re proof against the virus since you could have been in touch with it earlier than, or that you’ve a adverse take a look at,’ Rita Marques advised BBC Breakfast.
‘We’re able to welcome you if you end up prepared to come back.’
Greek officers mentioned a handwritten NHS vaccination card might be sufficient for entry — however the nation just isn’t anticipated to initially seem on the inexperienced listing this week. Sources steered Portugal, Malta and Gibraltar might be included.
The prime minister warned guidelines will stay ‘very, very robust’ — with arrivals from inexperienced nations nonetheless being examined earlier than and after arriving in Britain.
Simply 4 Covid deaths had been recorded yesterday within the UK, which has a decrease an infection charge than any EU nation.
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