Eluned Morgan, the new Health Minister for Wales, is encouraging people to remain in the country for their summer holidays this year, as the campaign against the coronavirus continues on these shores and beyond.
International travel restarted for people in Wales as of Monday 17th May, as the Welsh Government aligned the country with both Scotland and England in implementing a traffic lights system where countries around the world will be classified as Red, Amber, or Green, depending on their current coronavirus rates.
Mandatory quarantine is in place for all people returning to the UK from countries on the Amber and Red lists and all people returning from overseas travel must have a PCR test. People traveling overseas must also follow the rules of the countries they plan to visit.
In a statement regarding the prospect of foreign travel this summer, Health Minister Eluned Morgan expressed her understanding that residents of Wales will feel they are in need of a holiday this summer, following the tough year they have endured, but encouraged residents to look at the options nearer home turf:
“I know people are looking forward to a holiday after the year we have all had, but this is the year to holiday at home and enjoy everything Wales has to offer. I would encourage people to support local businesses in particular in the tourism and hospitality sector which have been hard hit by the pandemic.
“Travelling overseas is definitely not the same as it was before the pandemic – everyone will need to take a test before they leave and when they return and some people will need to quarantine on their return to the UK.
“We’ve all worked really hard to bring coronavirus under control in Wales; we need to do everything we can to prevent coronavirus from being re-imported into Wales from travel. Our strong advice is to only travel overseas if it is essential.”
To help enable foreign travel when it is essential, the Welsh Government has announced residents of Wales can apply for a certificate of vaccination for urgent international travel. The certificate allows them to demonstrate they have received the full course of a covid vaccine.
People living in Wales can request a certificate only if:
People can call 0300 303 5667 to request a vaccination certificate for urgent international travel only.
Regarding this, the Minister added:
“We have put a system in place to receive a certificate of vaccination status for those who need to travel urgently. There is only a very limited number of countries you can travel to without quarantining and not many countries currently ask for vaccine status as proof to travel. If you really have to travel, please check if your destination requires proof of vaccination. A certificate will take seven to ten working days to arrive so please plan ahead but again we are asking everyone to please think carefully about traveling overseas.”