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CoMin proposes unrestricted travel for fully vaccinated residents

Plans to change border restrictions going before Tynwald tomorrow

Fully vaccinated residents will be able to travel without restrictions, should plans be approved by Tynwald tomorrow.

The borders won't fully reopen on 28 June, but government has proposed some changes.

If approved, from June 28, fully vaccinated residents and non-residents will be able to travel without testing or isolation whilst restrictions would remain in place for those who haven't had both doses.

Children under the age of five would be exempt from testing and isolation.

Meanwhile, precautionary quarantine for close contacts of any positive cases who've been fully inoculated two weeks before the contact would be removed.

Summary of proposed changes:

- The proposed introduction of a new pathway for fully vaccinated residents and non-residents to remove the need for testing and isolation, allowing non-residents who are fully vaccinated to visit for the first time in over a year.

- Maintaining border restrictions for non-residents who have not been fully vaccinated in the short term, recognising the increased risks faced unless fully vaccinated.

- Bringing Ireland into the definition of the Common Travel Area such that residents and non-residents will be treated the same if they have been anywhere within the British Isles within the ten days prior to travel.

- Bringing in an exemption for children under the age of 5 from testing and isolation.

- Removing the need for precautionary isolation for close contacts of any positive cases who have been fully vaccinated two weeks previous to the contact.

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