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It will surprise few readers that the EU ambassadors meeting today recommended that vaccinated travellers from third countries (that includes the UK) should be able to enter the EU with fewer hassles than there at the moment.

Crete – part of Greece – has already decided that British visitors will be welcome

That recommendation now goes to the European Council but it would be surprising if there was a last minute hitch. However there is no date on when the rules might change.

You can bet though that it will be before the peak summer tourism season.

As it is, the EU will recommend and then individual countries can vary what tourists and visitors have to do.

In many ways the EU was playing catch-up since Italy, Greece and Portugal had already decided that Britons would be allowed in without quarantine so to decide otherwise would be likely to cause more internal dissension. Spain is rumoured to announce that it will allow British holidaymakers a s well.

For British travellers into the EU it probably means that those that have been vaccinated will not need to quarantine but PCR testing might still be required as is the case with Portugal.

But Britons will need to have had both jabs. Given that the 35-40 age group is being vaccinated at the moment it means that – even allowing for a reduction in the gap between the first and second jab to eight weeks – many people will have to wait until mid-July to be able to travel more freely. And that will be in time for the summer holidays for many people.

The remaining fly in the ointment is whether the UK government will shift more countries into their green list. If not the requirements will be onerous for those risking flying to amber list destinations.

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