The rules around foreign travel as Mark Drakeford announces vaccine passports

The rules around foreign travel for people living in Wales have been revealed as the First Minister will announce a version of vaccine passports today.

International travel is set to resume from Monday, May 17, Mark Drakeford will confirm. But with extra safeguards put in place for people returning from some countries in a bid to prevent coronavirus re-entering Wales.

A traffic light system, aligned with England and Scotland will be introduced, and countries will be classified as green, amber and red.

This means people living in Wales will be able to travel to a small number of foreign destinations without the need to quarantine on their return. Mandatory quarantine for countries not on the green list remains in place.

From Monday, May 24, a paper-based vaccination status will be available for people in Wales who have had two doses of vaccination and need to urgently travel to a country that requires Covid vaccination proof.

However, the Welsh Government continues to advise people to only travel abroad for essential purposes.

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The traffic light system in place in England, which Wales will align with, rules that travellers to countries rated green will not need to isolate on their return, but they will need to take a Covid-19 test before and after their trip.

The countries which are on the UK Government’s green list are Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Israel and Jerusalem, Gibraltar, Iceland, Singapore, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, New Zealand, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

Arrivals from amber countries will still need to quarantine, while red-list countries have the strictest rules, with only UK or Irish nationals, or UK residents, allowed to return – and they must pay for a 10-day stay in a Government quarantine hotel.

Currently, under coronavirus restrictions, you are only permitted to travel abroad for a very limited number of reasons – including work, education, medical or compassionate grounds.

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