Fully vaccinated expats from amber list countries could be free to visit the UK without having to quarantine from as early as next week under plans being considered by ministers.
Brits living abroad who have had both doses of the Covid jab would no longer need to self-isolate for 10 days if they travel to England from an amber list destination.
Quarantine exemptions currently only apply to people who have been vaccinated by the NHS – meaning expats who have had their jabs abroad still have to follow the isolation rules.
Officials are looking at a plan to formally recognise foreign jabs, with a review of the rules promised this week.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi told MPs last week that quarantine-free travel could be opened up “very soon”.
The change could come into force from August 1, according to the Telegraph.
But a Government source told the Mirror: “They are looking at this all the time but it has not been nailed down yet.”
Ministers are also working on a reciprocal deal on quarantine-free travel with 33 countries.
In a boost for travel to Europe, these would include places such as Spain, Portugal, France and Greece, as well as long-haul destinations like Barbados, Anguilla and the Cayman Islands.
Mr Zahawi told the Commons that expats should talk to their GP about their vaccine to make sure that it has been approved for use in the UK.
He said: “By the end of this month, UK nationals who have been vaccinated overseas will be able to talk to their GP, go through what vaccine they have had, and have it registered with the NHS that they have been vaccinated.
“The reason for the conversation with the GP is to make sure that whatever vaccine they have had is approved in the United Kingdom.
“Ultimately, there will be a co-ordination between the World Health Organisation, ourselves, the European regulator, the US regulator and other regulators around the world.
“Because we are working at speed, at the moment it is UK nationals and citizens who have had UK vaccinations who will be able to travel to amber list countries other than France and come back and not quarantine.
“We want to offer the same reciprocity as the 33 countries that recognise our app, and that will also happen very soon.”
It comes as speculation was mounting that France could return to the amber travel list when destinations are reviewed next week.
Holidaymakers who have been jabbed in Britain can skip isolating at home for 10 days if they have been given two doses.
But ministers removed the exemption for France amid concerns over the Beta variant, creating a new “amber plus” category.
The Mirror has learned that Italy could be the next country to be added to the “amber plus” travel list.
Senior Government sources revealed the popular holiday destination was being “watched closely” by ministers and was looking a “risky bet” for trips abroad.