People who were fully vaccinated in the EU or US will no longer need to isolate when coming to England, Scotland and Wales from an amber list country.
The rule change will come into effect from 4am BST on Monday, 2nd August. Only people who received both of their jabs in the UK can avoid quarantine when arriving from amber list countries, except France, under the current rules. A 10-day quarantine was required otherwise.
The rule change is good for international holidaymakers hoping to visit the UK from the US or EU countries going forward, and also spells good news for club promoters and venue owners hoping to book artists that reside in the affected countries. Those artists will no longer have to quarantine before travelling into the UK to play shows, provided their vaccination status meets the UK rules.
All DJs flying into the UK to play festivals or club shows since last week's so-called 'Freedom Day', when clubs fully reopened, have been having to undergo a 10-day quarantine before they could legally step outside and integrate into UK society.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the new rules from next week would apply to people who have been fully vaccinated with a jab approved by the EU or US, with the final dose at least 14 whole days before arrival. Travellers will still need to take either a lateral flow or PCR test pre-departure and a PCR test on the second day after they arrive into England, Scotland or Wales.
Tougher rules will remain in place for those coming from France, which is on the amber list. Travellers coming from France must still quarantine when they come to England, Scotland or Wales, even if they are fully vaccinated. Mr Shapps said this advice would be reviewed at "the end of next week" as part of the ongoing assessment of travel rules.
For more on the issues facing promoters and venue owners putting on events post-'Freedom Day', read DJ Mag's recent feature on how clubs and promoters are approaching a safe return to the dancefloor.