UK to remove all countries from travel red list

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The UK is set to remove all remaining countries from its travel red list starting next month, as the country seeks to continue its trajectory of slowly removing Covid-19 restrictions. The UK’s travel redlist has been a problematic feature of its Covid-19-influenced travel system, and the decision to remove all countries from it follows a major upheaval in the entire Covid travel system -19 from the UK in recent weeks, which has seen the country say goodbye to its controversial traffic light system.

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Although the red list may be gone for now, the UK is still very much in the grips of the pandemic and still has some of the highest case numbers in the world. Here is a look at the UK’s decision to remove all remaining countries from the red list, what requirements still exist for those traveling to the UK and what Covid-19 currently looks like in the UK.

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Red List Removed – Information for Travelers

A few months ago, the UK delighted travelers in the UK and around the world when it revealed it would revamp its Covid-19 travel system. Earlier this month, the changes were implemented, leading to the end of the controversial Green and Orange travel lists, leaving only the Red List behind to serve as one of the last remnants of a system. travel related to Covid that made it difficult and expensive to leave the country.

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From the day the changes went live and the Green and Amber Lists were removed, it also seemed like the Red List’s days were numbered. The overhaul saw 47 countries removed from the red list, leaving just 7 destinations on the list. Travelers from a Red List country not only had to go through multiple rounds of pre- and post-flight tests, but also had to book a mandatory two-week stay in one of the government’s quarantine hotels – a stay which would cost travelers over £ 1,000. However, to the delight of travelers, the red list promises to be empty.

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Great Britain announcement that from 4 a.m. on Monday, November 1, the 7 remaining destinations on the red list will be deleted. These countries are:

Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

Yet while they should be taken off the Red List on Monday, that doesn’t necessarily mean this will be the last time we see the Red List in this pandemic.

The red list, along with the quarantine hotels, are expected to remain, acting as the UK’s first line of defense if new and worrying Covid-19 variants are detected. Reviews of countries that should be added to the red list will still take place every three weeks, with the UK government adding that further restrictions will be imposed if it is necessary to do so to protect public health.

Speaking about the move, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said:

“This is another step in the right direction for international travel with more good news today for passengers, businesses and the travel industry. We continue to make great strides as we recover from the pandemic and today is another example of how far we’ve come. “

Fully vaccinated arrivals to the UK must undergo a lateral flow test or PCR test on the second day after arriving in the country. They must also complete a passenger tracking form prior to their arrival. Unvaccinated travelers must also complete a passenger tracing form, as well as a pre-travel PCR test and two more on days 2 and 8 in the UK.

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