BREAKING NEWS: Travel restrictions relaxed & 8 countries removed from Red list

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Grant Shapps has just made an announcement with welcome news about travel. 

 

From 4 October, people who are fully vaccinated will not need a pre-departure test before arrival into England from a non-red list country. Then from late October, those fully vaccinated people will be able to replace the day two PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test. Anyone who tests positive will need to isolate and take a free PCR test to confirm the result which would be sequenced to help identify new variants. (Currently, only around 4% are sequenced). 

 

Eight countries get taken off Red list

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Grant Shapps also announces that eight countries and territories will come off the red list from 4am on 22 September –

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

I will look at entry requirements for those destinations shortly. 

 

Amber list scrapped

As expected, it has also been announced that there will no longer be an amber list, only red for no-go which comes into existence from 4 October. Hotel quarantine will still be applicable from red list countries. 

 

Official updated rules

Here is what the official advice now says,

Travel from the rest of the world if you are fully vaccinated

From 4am Monday 4 October, if you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days:

  • under an approved vaccination program in the UK, Europe, US or UK vaccine programme overseas
  • with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan – mixing between two-dose vaccines (Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna) in this list is also recognised
  • under a formally approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial in the US, Canada and Australia and have a proof of participation (digital or paper-based) from a public health body

You must:

  • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England

You do not need to:

  • take a pre-departure test
  • take a day 8 COVID-19 test
  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days after you arrive in England

You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body that includes, as a minimum:

  • forename and surname(s)
  • date of birth
  • vaccine brand and manufacturer
  • date of vaccination for every dose
  • country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer

If your document from a public health body does not include all of these, you must follow the non-vaccinated rules. If not, you may be denied boarding.

If you are fully vaccinated in the US, will also need to prove that you are a resident of the US.

Travel from the rest of the world if you are not fully vaccinated

From 4am Monday 4 October, you must follow these rules if you:

  • do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules
  • are partially vaccinated
  • are not vaccinated

Before you travel to England you must:

After you arrive in England you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

 

Travel from red countries

From 4am Monday 4 October, you must follow these rules if you are:

  • fully vaccinated
  • partially vaccinated
  • not vaccinated

If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish national or you have residence rights in the UK.

Before you travel to England, you must:

When you arrive in England, you must quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 COVID-19 tests.

 

 

6 Comments on "BREAKING NEWS: Travel restrictions relaxed & 8 countries removed from Red list"

  1. It’s positive, but reading everything, is it correct to say that Dubai is still discriminated against and their Pfizer vaccines (certificates that include all required info) are still not recognised by U.K? All expats returning to the U.K. will still be treated as unvaccinated.

    • Same with every country apart from those in the EU and US sadly. Hopefully they will change this before long. I’d guess the issue is how to validate so many different vaccine passports.

  2. Michele, that is incorrect about “every country other than EU and US”. Under the text of this announcement, which you quote above, vaccination certificates from another 17 countries (including Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia) will also be accepted. But still not Dubai/ UAE…

  3. Dammit. Return from Canada 22 hours too early on the 23rd 🤣

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