Travel traffic light system ditched & changes to tests for fully jabbed (England) + Red list > 11th October + PCR to Lateral Test update

Posted 17th Sep 2021
Update 1
Fully vaccinated passengers from non-red list countries can take lateral flow test instead of PCR from 24 October - all fully vaccinated and most under 18s coming from those countries (England)

Costly day two PCR tests ditched before half term break for people after they return to England

From Monday (11th Oct) the government will be cutting 47 destinations from our red list – including South Africa, with just 7 countries and territories remaining ⚠️ - all others will be included in the “rest of world” category 🌐

Those still on the red list are: Latin America: Colombia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

Arrivals from red list countries are still required to pay for 10 days of hotel quarantine

Breaking news and thought this was worth sharing, so many waiting for some good news / holidays on hold, hopefully this will help a lot of you

The Travel traffic light system scrapped and changes to coronavirus tests for fully jabbed holidaymakers, see full info below.

A major relaxing of travel rules for people coming in and out of England have been announced by the transport secretary (Finally!)

From Mon 4 Oct, if you’re fully vax you won’t need a pre-departure test before arrival into England from a non-red country and from later in Oct, will be able to replace the day 2 PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow

Travel traffic light system scrapped

Anywhere not on the red list is considered green and clear for travel - there will no longer be an amber list.

Also from that date, travellers will no longer need to take pre-departure tests for travelling into England from abroad.

Then, from the end of October, fully vaccinated passengers from non-red list countries will be able to replace day-two PCR tests with cheaper lateral flow tests.

Those unvaccinated will still have to pay for PCR tests.

Anyone testing positive will need to isolate and take a free confirmatory PCR test which would be genomically sequenced to help identify new variants.

The government has also announced that from 4am on 22 September, eight destinations will be removed from the red list.

The destinations are:

• Turkey
• Pakistan
• The Maldives
• Egypt
• Sri Lanka
• Oman
• Bangladesh
• Kenya

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "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.

"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."

Source - Sky News - Likely more will be added to the story, so worth checking back incase of any changes / updates

Grant Shapps - Twitter


Update 21st September:

Vaccinated passengers will be able to enter the US from the UK and EU from November onwards, ending almost two years of coronavirus travel restrictions.

The new rules would be part of broader policy changes for international travel and will apply to fully vaccinated people - meaning those who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

All foreign travellers will need to demonstrate proof of vaccination before boarding, as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of the flight.


Updated 4th October 2021

New simplified travel rules have come into force in the UK, with the traffic light system replaced by a single red list.

Most fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries will no longer have to take a test before setting off for the UK.

Airlines UK said it would make travelling abroad easier and cheaper.

But those coming from red list destinations must still pay to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days.

Under the changes, which came into force at 04:00 BST, the green and amber lists have been scrapped.

Testing rules are also being eased for people travelling from non-red list destinations who have been vaccinated in the UK, the EU, the US, or 18 other recognised countries.

Anyone under 18 who is resident in these countries can also travel to the UK without testing.

These groups were already able to avoid self-isolating on their arrival back in the UK.

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All travellers - except children under five years old - will still have to pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.

People who are not fully vaccinated will need a pre-departure test and a PCR test on days two and eight after they return, and must self-isolate for 10 days at home.

And those arriving from red-list countries, including Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines and South Africa, must quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved hotel, at a cost of £2,285 for one adult.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We are accelerating towards a future where travel continues to reopen safely and remains open for good, and today's rule changes are good news for families, businesses and the travel sector.

"Our priority remains to protect public health but, with more than eight-in-10 people now fully vaccinated, we are able to take these steps to lower the cost of testing and help the sector to continue in its recovery."


Update - US to relax travel rules for vaccinated passengers from UK and EU

Vaccinated passengers will be able to enter the US from the UK and EU from November onwards, ending almost two years of coronavirus travel restrictions
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