Holidays at European hotspots set to return ‘after Covid jab success with Brits’

Britain's astonishing vaccination progress could ensure that holidaymakers are welcomed with open arms in Europe this summer.

As it stands sunseekers aren't allowed to enter the European Union for non-essential travel but countries such as Greece, Spain and Portugal are pressing for this to be changed in the wake of the UK's vaccine success.

Countries with large proportions of its population jabbed could be exempt from the EU’s blanket entry ban and essentially given the green card this summer.

Even if Prime Minister Boris Johnson lifts the UK's international travel ban on May 17 then holiday getaways in Europe are not guaranteed if the EU's non-essential ban is not lifted.

Only holidaymakers from Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand are currently allowed to enter for leisure but this is reviewed every two weeks, reports the Sun.

To be given the all-clear a country must have no more than 25 new Covid cases per 100,000 people in the last 14 days.

Britain recorded 26.1 cases per 100,000 across a seven-day period in the latest results on April 15.

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Leaders in Brussels began talks on lifting restrictions on Monday with June pencilled in as the most likely month for reopening.

However, discussions reportedly included looking at countries with high vaccination rates when deciding who can enter.

According to a document seen by The Sun, the UK has been singled out with Israel and the UAE as candidates to be allowed back in.

The document says scientific evidence and data “support updating the approach for the safe lifting of restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU”.

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An EU diplomat said: “There’s a discussion over whether incidence rate should be the defining factor, or if vaccination rates should also be looked at.

“That would all still be in the framework of the list.”

Spain, Portugal, and Greece are understood to be leading the charge to let Brits back in but with the UK now deemed a "third country" due to Brexit the rules for holidaying could be stricter.

The EU is also looking at a Europe-wide passport scheme that could be in place by the end of June.

Justice commissioner Didier Reynders said: “With some bilateral partners, like the UK and US, it will be possible to adopt a sort of adequacy decision.

“To decide that, we recognise a certificate issued not only by a member state of the EU, but also by third countries.”

Even if the EU does allow Brits back in this Summer, restrictions put in place by the UK Government for returning holidaymakers to quarantine could scupper all plans.

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