Summer holidays to Europe appear to be back on and it’s all to do with the UK’s incredible vaccine success.
Top tourist destinations will reopen and welcome back sun-starved Brits within six weeks, according to reports.
Hot-spots Spain, Portugal and Greece are ‘leading the push’ with European Union chiefs soon to meet to thrash out travel details.
The green light could be given for a return in early June, it has been claimed.
The Sun report nations with strong vaccine figures are likely to be exempt from a blanket entry ban.
The UK is leading the way with 33,139,742 people already having their first jab.
Some 350,027 had their second vaccine on Tuesday.
On Monday, the government revealed more than 10 million people have now had both shots.
Cases continue to slide, with 2,396 new positive results in the latest 24-hour period.
It was confirmed 22 tragic coronavirus-related deaths had been confirmed on Tuesday.
A document seen by the publication ahead of the vital meeting ‘cites the UK’s jabs success as a reason to let our holidaymakers back’.
A senior EU official said the UK will “certainly” be one of the first countries allowed back in under its vaccine passport scheme.
A source in Brussels said: “The criteria the EU has set for third countries are very strict. We took that decision last year when the situation was different.
“But now, with the vaccines, we have to change the orientation regarding travellers.
“We should change the way we see this and allow people that, for example, have been fully vaccinated to travel.”
A travel industry source added: “We don’t think many will exclude the UK this summer.”
Diplomats from the 27 member states have already debated making vaccination rates the main factor in re-opening travel corridors in the coming month.
It’s a huge boost to Brits desperate for news about potential summer get aways.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to lift the ban on Brits leaving the UK for holidays from May 17, but red tape and border curbs mean it is far from straightforward.
Scientific evidence and data, it has been reported, “support updating the approach for the safe lifting of restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU”.
An EU diplomat said: “There’s a discussion over whether incidence rate should be the defining factor, or if vaccination rates should also be looked at.
“That would all still be in the framework of the list.”