TEENAGERS will be able to get Covid cards for overseas holidays and testing for full stabbed Britons will be scrapped from next month, it has been confirmed.
In a double for the half-term holidays scheduled to be announced tomorrow, children aged 12 to 15 will be able to download digital proofs of vaccinations.
It comes later family complains they were forced to cancel their vacation because of “restrictive Covid-19 passport rules for children.
As it stands, children aged 12 to 16 who have had two doses of the injection cannot use the NHS app – meaning they cannot get a Covid-19 card for digital travel.
Instead, parents must call the NHS 119 helpline or online to request an NHS Covid Pass letter for children under 16 entering countries including Spain, Italy and France without any any quarantine or self-inspection rules upon landing.
But some people under 16 are still ineligible for a second shot due to a recent infection – and there’s no way to prove the first shot was ever used.
In countries like France, a person is considered fully vaccinated if they have had a vaccine and have previously had Covid-19.
But from tomorrow it is believed teenagers will be able to download their cards through the NHS app or website.
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It will make it easier for young people to travel to countries that require Covid certification.
There will also be no longer any requirement for a Covid test for passengers flying to the UK, provided they already have their full strength.
While children under 18 are still exempt from showing Covid cards in the UK, locations in France, Switzerland, Greece, Germany, Austria and Cyprus require children over 12 to present proof of vaccination, recent negative Covid-19 test or evidence of recovery from the virus.
A government source told Daily mail it will save families an “administrative nightmare”, while removing the testing requirement will “make vacation admins much more manageable”.
For now, travelers have absolutely had to book and pay for a Covid latest stream test they take on arrival.
Unvaccinated travelers will still have to take the test after arriving in the UK.
Boris Johnson says sending children under 16 abroad is “as simple as possible”.
This week, he confirmed Health Secretary Sajid Javid would make an announcement “in the next few days” on how the under-15 travel card issue would be resolved.
A digital pass that allows children aged 12 to 15 to travel will be introduced in early 2022.
In December, Savid Javid announced that children aged 12 and over would be able to use an NHS Covid card for international travel.
Under-18s can now book their Covid booster tickets online, with 40,000 tickets initially being offered to 16- and 17-year-olds.
It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his plan to scrap the Covid Plan B rules.
New data yesterday showed the number of Covid-19 infections in the UK fell by a fifth in a week after another 76,807 people tested positive for the virus.
Official figures also show that 297 Britons have died from the virus.
A week ago on January 15, 81,713 cases were recorded in the UK.
According to the NHS website.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/news-travel/8250064/travel-boost-major-changes-next-month/ Double travel with two major rule changes expected next month