From July 19, fully vaccinated UK residents (and unvaccinated under 18s) will no longer have to quarantine on their return to England.
The announcement makes summer travel easier to some of Britons’ favourite holiday destinations, including France, Greece and Spain.
But the plan is limited to travellers who received their vaccinations through the UK’s health service, excluding British expatriates and foreigners jabbed abroad, triggering criticism from expats in particular.
Mr Shapps said widening the scheme to expats and other travellers from overseas was “something we are very actively working on at the moment”.
He said he expected “in the next couple of weeks I’ll be able to come forward and say more about other locations in the world”.
However, he said it was “easier done from some places like the EU where they have a digital app coming along than it is in the United States, where I think they have 50 different systems, one for each state, largely paper-based”.