Sunday, October 17, 2021

Britain further eases travel restrictions by reducing ‘red list’

LONDON (WNN) – The British government said on Thursday it is due to further relax travel rules next week, a move that will allow many long-distance leisure destinations to travel for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in a year and a half. I will open Earlier.

As well as dramatically reducing the number of places travelers would need to quarantine in a hotel, the government said it would recognize vaccination programs from dozens more countries.

In its most dramatic move, it said it would lift the hotel quarantine requirement for England arrivals from 47 countries, including South Africa, Mexico and Thailand. Although the declaration pertains only to England, other UK countries – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – have generally adhered to it.

After the changes go into effect on Monday, there will be only seven countries on the so-called “red list” – Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, which will require all travelers to enter hotel quarantine. 11 nights at a cost of £2,285 ($3,100) for individual passengers.

The changes mean anyone arriving from the 47 countries removed from the Red List will be spared from that requirement.

However, they will need to take a series of coronavirus tests before and after their arrival, and go into self-isolation for ten days, until the British government recognizes a country’s vaccination status certificate. and used vaccines. It recognizes vaccines from AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, as well as their formulations such as AstraZeneca Covishield.

Another 37 countries and territories will be added to that list from Monday, reducing entry requirements from countries such as Brazil, Ghana, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey.

The decision means eligible fully vaccinated adults and people under the age of 18 entering England from these places will in fact be treated as fully vaccinated British citizens. They will no longer have to take a pre-departure test nor take any test on the eighth day after arrival and will be spared a period of self-isolation.

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With the nights before the half-hour school break at the end of the month approaching, and winter fast approaching, the changes may well boost the travel industry that is perhaps suffering more during the pandemic than others. .

“With half the term and winter sun, we are making it easier to reunite families and loved ones by significantly cutting the number of destinations on the Red List, thanks to increased vaccination efforts around the world,” said Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps. he said.

The government also reiterated its ambition to allow fully immunized eligible people to use the lateral flow test, instead of the more expensive gold standard PCR test, by the end of the month. Passengers, he said, will be able to verify that they have completed the lateral flow test by sending a photograph.

British Airways announced that it would resume services and that several winter destinations such as Cape Town and Johannesburg, Mexico City, So Paulo and Buenos Aires would be removed from the red list.

“Finally it looks like we are seeing light at the end of a very long tunnel,” said its chief executive Sean Doyle. “The UK will benefit from this significant reduction in red list countries and the time has come for us to focus on eliminating testing for fully vaccinated travelers to ensure that we do not lose our place on the global stage. lose.”

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