Tourists on the Playa de Palma. | Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter
Having previously stated that they would only accept vaccines administered by the NHS, the UK Government announced early this week that it would relax this hardline stance and recognise jabs issued overseas. As the week unfolded, there was a suggestion that expats would have to apply to register their jabs with their British GP - and only those approved for use in Britain, namely Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech or Janssen - however, with a limited number of overseas residents still registered with a British doctor, it was deemed slightly ridiculous. And then, on Wednesday afternoon, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed that thousands of British expats could now avoid a strict ten-day quarantine by way of this tweet: ‘We’re helping reunite people living in the US and European countries with their family and friends in the UK. From 2nd August at 4am people from these countries will be able to come to the England from an amber country without having to quarantine if they’re fully vaxxed.’ (sic) The pre-departure and day two tests would still apply - in short, they would be treated the same as those who had been fully jabbed by the NHS. People (especially those working in the travel industry) were so pleased they forgave Grant his erroneous ‘the’ before ‘England’. For now, France remains on the amber plus list. The next travel update is expected on 4 or 5 August when, rumour has it, a new amber watchlist will be created - just for Spain.