THE GOVERNMENT has lifted ‘do not travel’ advice for more than 30 countries, meaning travel insurance will cover them again. Fiji, Bangladesh and Malaysia are among the countries that will now be covered.
The Foreign Office is no longer advising against travelling to 30 countries on the list, which means holidaymakers should now be able to secure travel insurance. Advice is expected to be lifted for more countries in the coming days.
Tokelau and Niue
Sao Tome and Principe
However, the Government could reinstate the rules in “exceptional circumstances” including if local healthcare is overwhelmed by an outbreak.
Some of the countries on the list may still carry the advice not to travel there, but this will no longer be due to Covid.
It will be due to other issues such as instability or security issues and travellers to these countries will still not be covered by insurance.
Countries on the UK’s travel red list will still have a warning against all but essential travel, although the Government has said it will remove more countries soon.
The move is part of a simplified set of rules for international travel, following the removal of the amber and green lists.
Double-vaccinated travellers returning from a non-red list country will no longer have to take a pre-departure test before arrival in the UK.
People arriving from red list countries still have to take a pre-departure test as well as quarantine for 10 days in a Government hotel.
Anyone planning a holiday should always check the Government advice website as restrictions can change rapidly.
Double-vaccinated passengers returning from countries not on the red list will still need to take a PCR test on or before day two after arrival.
Grant Shapps has said this is due to be scrapped at a later date in October although he has yet to announce the details.
It will be replaced with a lateral flow test which tourists are hoping will be a cheaper option than expensive PCRs.
However, some travel experts have expressed fears the lateral flows could be just as expensive.
It is feared that the cheaper lateral tests available may not be able to be linked up with passenger locator forms filled out by tourists on arrival to the UK.
Some scientists have called for lateral flow tests to be carried out under supervision to make sure. “Brinkwire Summary News”.