Jul 7, 2021

Covid: Heathrow to trial fast-tracking vaccinated arrivals

Two of the world's biggest airlines will trial fast-track lanes at Heathrow airport for fully-vaccinated arrivals. Most popular holiday destinations are currently on the amber list, meaning that people must isolate for up to 10 days on their return to the UK.The trial, due to start this weekend, will allow passengers who are fully vaccinated and are travelling on selected flights to Heathrow from Athens, Los Angeles, Montego Bay and New York to show proof of their vaccination status. The trial will accept internationally recognised vaccination credentials including the NHS app, CDC card, US state-level digital certification and the EU digital Covid certificate. John Holland-Kaye, chief executive of Heathrow Airport, said the pilot scheme would "Allow us to show that pre-departure and arrival checks of vaccination status can be carried out safely at check in, so that fully vaccinated passengers can avoid quarantine" from 19 July.Sean Doyle, British Airways chief executive and chairman, added he was "Confident" the trial would be successful. Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic chief executive, said the trial would demonstrate the industry's readiness to "Rapidly operationalise the new policy, and work with government and authorities to ensure it is smoothly implemented at pace, supporting the reopening of the transatlantic corridor, without which £23 million is lost each day from the UK economy".

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