British expats fully vaccinated abroad will be able to sidestep quarantine when returning to the UK under plans being drawn up by ministers.
The move would make family reunions and other leisure trips to the UK much easier for the 5.5millon or so British citizens living abroad.
An announcement confirming the policy could come as early as next week, the Mail understands.
Under new rules coming into force on Monday, fully vaccinated Britons returning to the UK from more than 140 amber list countries will be able to sidestep quarantine if their jabs were administered by the NHS.
It means British expats whose jabs were administered abroad will still have to quarantine for up to ten days on arrival, even if the vaccine they received is approved in Britain.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The move would make family reunions and other leisure trips to the UK much easier for the 5.5millon or so British citizens living abroad
Dropping that requirement could make family reunions and other important trips possible for expats only able to visit for a week or two before needing to return to where they live for work or other commitments.
Having to self-isolate means they face having to remain in a hotel or wherever they are staying for up to ten days before being able to leave to meet with friends and family.
Britons returning from abroad can show proof that they have received both doses via the NHS app.
But it is understood one issue is that the technology needs to be adapted so foreign-administered doses can be registered on the system.
Kate Can, 28, originally from Basildon in Essex, moved to Turkey in 2014 where she now lives with husband Orcun Can, 33, and their 18-month-old daughter, Ela.
They have been unable to return to the UK since Christmas to see Mrs Can's parents in Essex.
She believes Turkey, currently on the red list, could soon return to amber as the Covid situation there has improved and said extending the side-stepping of quarantine to expats would make returning for a family reunion possible.
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Dropping that requirement could make family reunions and other important trips possible for expats only able to visit for a week or two before needing to return to where they live for work or other commitments
She said: 'It would make a huge amount of difference because we'd be able to come and immediately see family and meet up with people.