The eight countries removed from the red list in the latest travel review
A group of eight countries have jumped off England’s ‘no-go’ red list, which means people will be able to get there without having to quarantine themselves in a hotel upon their return to the UK. United.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps destroyed the nation’s traffic light system today. In an effort to make travel easier, countries will simply be divided into two categories of red and “rest of the world,” rather than red, amber and green.
Among several other changes, Turkey, Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh, Kenya and Egypt will be removed from Red List restrictions starting at 4 a.m. on September 22.
Previously, people entering England from these places had to pay for a PCR test before entering the country, fork out thousands of people to spend 10 days in hotel quarantine, and take two more PCR tests.
The existing traffic light system remains in place until October 4. From that moment on, people will not need a pre-departure test before arriving in England from a non-red country.
From the end of October, fully vaccinated UK passengers will be able to replace their day 2 PCR test with a cheaper side flow test. The government has said it aims to have this in place when people return from vacation halfway through.
These relaxed rules only apply to people who have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days with the Oxford / AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen jabs.
Travelers must also have obtained these vaccines in countries with public health bodies recognized by the UK government.
Those coming from countries not on the Red List who have not been vaccinated will still have to pass three PCR tests (one before departure and two after arrival in England), complete a passenger tracking form and put in quarantine for 10 days.
The rules for people coming from Red List countries are the same whether they are vaccinated or not.
Today’s announcement will be good news for the tourism industry, which has been crippled by the pandemic.
Simpler rules and fewer requirements for expensive PCR testing should make travel easier – just in time for midterm at the end of October.
But many will be disappointed that the red list was not reduced as much as people hoped, with many countries set to get the cut, including South Africa, left as no-go zones.
Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) chief David Frost called the government’s move a “kick in the teeth.”
He said: “Turkey’s case rate is three times that of South Africa and is increasing rapidly, while Pakistan’s testing and sequencing rates are a fraction of ours, there is no consistency. ” The UK government must urgently reconsider this classification in order to avoid irreparable damage to a relationship with a key ally and business partner. ‘
However, coronavirus data analyst Tim White previously told The Guardian: “The data strongly supports the removal from Turkey, as it has no threat of variants and a lot of genomic sequencing.”
The government will consider
The UK government recognizes the following public health bodies
- European countries
- UK vaccination program abroad
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
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