To facilitate international travel in the midst of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps declared that the current ‘traffic light system’ of red, amber, and green countries will be phased out.
According to the government’s plans to restructure foreign travel, there would just be a red list starting October 4, with all other nations designated “clean” for travel, according to the Xinhua news agency.
“Today’s changes mean a simpler, more straightforward system. One with less testing and lower costs, allowing more people to travel, see loved ones or conduct business around the world while providing a boost for the travel industry,” the Transport Secretary said on Friday.
“Public health has always been at the heart of our international travel policy and with over 44 million people fully vaccinated in the UK, we are now able to introduce a proportionate updated structure that reflects the new landscape.”
The administration has also declared that beginning at 4 a.m. on September 22, eight nations will be removed from the red list: Turkey, Pakistan, Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh, and Kenya. The former amber and green lists will be combined to form the “Rest of the World” (ROW) list.
Anyone who is completely vaccinated in a nation on this list will no longer be required to take a PCR test three days before traveling to England. Fully vaccinated travelers from non-red list countries will be allowed to replace day-two PCR tests with less expensive lateral flow tests beginning in October.
Anyone who tests positive will be required to isolate and perform a free confirmatory PCR test, which will be genomically sequenced to aid in the identification of novel variations. Those who visit one of the red list nations must, however, spend 11 nights in a quarantined hotel upon arrival in the UK.