The government has announced changes to the traffic light system for foreign travel.
Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary announced that double-vaccinated travelers arriving from non-red-list countries won’t have to take day 2 of PCR tests beginning in October.
However, they will need to undergo a less expensive lateral flow exam.
Fully-jabbed travelers will not have to undergo a pre-departure screening starting October 4.
Non-vaccinated travelers will still need to be tested three days prior to arriving in England. Book day 2 and 8, PCR tests, as well as fill out a passenger locator.
As well as changes to testing, the amber list will be scrapped from October 4 to simplify the advice into “go” and “no go” destinations – with a single red list of countries.
Ministers from the Cabinet approved Grant Shapps’ plans on Friday morning.
He tweeted: “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.
“In addition, EIGHT countries and territories will come off the red list from Weds 22 Sept at 4am, incl. TURKEY, PAKISTAN and MALDIVES.
“We’ll also be introducing a new simplified system for international travel from Mon 4 Oct, replacing the current approach with a single red list and simplified measures for the rest of the world – striking the right balance to manage the public health risk as No.1 priority.”
After 4am on September 22, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Oman Oman, Kenya, Pakistan, Oman, Egypt, Oman and Oman will all be removed from the red list.
Brits won’t have to be quarantined if this happens.
The Government has pledged to conduct a formal review of foreign travel rules before October 1.
The Thursday update detailing which destinations have been given the green, amber or red designations was due but it was delayed due to the Cabinet reshuffle.
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