Only 7 Countries left on the Red List!

Only 7 Countries left on the Red List!

There has been somelong awaited positive news in the UK that will be sure to reassure and put a smile on everyone’s faces. The UK's Government has made steps to making travel to your favourite destinations more accessible for those living in England!

It has been confirmed that from 4am today (11.10.21), 47 countries and territories have been removed from the UK’s red list, making it easier for more people to travel abroad to a larger number of countries and territories. This leaves only 7 countries on the UK’s covid red list. Further to this, passengers returning to England from these destinations will no longer be required to enter hotel quarantine.

The sustained progress on vaccination both in the UK and around the world means that the UK’s government can confidently reduce the size of the red list to focus on those countries that pose the highest risk as such informed by the UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) robust assessments.

This means that eligible fully vaccinated passengers and eligible under 18s returning from countries and territories not on the red list, can now do so with just a day 2 test. Other passengers who are not fully vaccinated with an authorised vaccine returning from a non-red list destination must still take a pre-departure test, a day 2 and day 8 test and complete 10 days self-isolation (with the option of Test to Release on day 5).

The latest travel update builds on the announcement from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office that it has lifted advice against all but essential travel for over 30 countries and territories. More advisories will be removed as countries and territories come off the red list, making it easier for people to be covered by insurance when travelling to a wider list of destinations.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

“With half-term and winter sun around the corner, we’re making it easier for families and loved ones to reunite, by significantly cutting the number of destinations on the red list, thanks in part to the increased vaccination efforts around the globe.

Restoring people’s confidence in travel is key to rebuilding our economy and levelling up this country. With less restrictions and more people traveling, we can all continue to move safely forward together along our pathway to recovery.”

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:

“Our robust border measures have helped protect the phenomenal progress of our vaccination programme, and it is because of this success both here and around the world that we can safely open up travel further and we can visit friends and family abroad.

We’re now making it easier and cheaper for people to travel by allowing fully vaccinated travellers from non-red list countries to use lateral flow tests on day 2 of arrival, as long as they provide proof of use.”

To further add to this promising news, from late October eligible fully vaccinated passengers including under 18s returning from a rest of world country will have the option to replace their day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow test, followed by a free PCR test if the lateral flow is positive, reducing the cost of tests on arrival into England. The government has stated that it can also confirm passengers taking postal tests will be able to send a picture of their lateral flow test as a minimum requirement to verify the test result, with the ambition remaining to have this in place for people returning from half-term breaks by the end of the month.

This has given us an exciting opportunity to tailor a number of exclusive offers to your favourite travel destinations which have hassle free entry requirements, so that you can book with confidence and look forward to your well-deserved holiday.

Date of publish: 11.10.21

Source: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

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