Over the Christmas holidays, British expats in Spain are ‘concerned’ about the NHS Test and Trace program.

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Over the Christmas holidays, British expats in Spain are ‘concerned’ about the NHS Test and Trace program.

While in the UK for the holidays, British expats in Spain have expressed concern about being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Those who were vaccinated outside of the UK had to stay in isolation for ten days.

However, the UK government recently announced that, beginning December 1, anyone who has been vaccinated outside of the UK will have their vaccines recognized.

This means that British expats living in the UK should be able to celebrate Christmas without feeling isolated.

“We know that many of you have been concerned about being contacted by NHS Test and Trace whilst in England and the possible need to self-isolate for 10 days,” said a post on the British Embassy’s ‘Brits in Spain’ Facebook page.

“On December 1, the UK government announced that anyone who has been fully vaccinated outside of the UK with a recognized vaccine will be subject to the same rules as those who have been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination program.”

“If you are identified as having been in contact with someone who tests positive while in England, you will no longer have to self-isolate.”

Many British expats in Spain are planning to visit family in the United Kingdom over the holidays, some for the first time since the pandemic began.

A few expats expressed their delight at the announcement, calling it “fantastic news.”

However, some people were perplexed as to why their vaccines wouldn’t be recognized until December.

“This is fantastic,” Richard Newton said, “but why is it taking nearly two weeks to implement when it’s just a change in Track and Trace procedure?”

“Why did it take so long to change the original procedure, which was discriminatory in nature and had no epidemiological basis?”

Others argued that eliminating the self-isolation rule and pre-arrival testing requirements was premature.

“It was insane to get rid of the pre-flight negative Covid test requirement,” Brian Flude said.

“Being tested two days after arriving and then learning you have the virus means you’ve been spreading it for two days.”

“And what assurances can we gain from being vaccinated anyway if a person on a flight who has been fully vaccinated still has the virus?”

“I believe we should all be tested before taking a flight!” Debbie Summers said.

Expats will need to avoid self-isolation.

“Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”

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