Today, the holiday traffic light system was decommissioned.
Families are in for a double holiday boost today, as the UK’s new travel system goes live. The dreaded traffic light system of green, amber, and red lists will be phased out, with sites classified as red or not on the red list.
Boris Johnson is expected to reduce the red list from 54 to just nine countries this week, allowing people to travel to dozens of new places without having to go through the quarantine process. Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand are among the countries that are anticipated to be removed from the list in amendments revealed on Thursday. It implies that visitors from those countries won’t have to stay in hotels when they return to the UK.
The decision is expected to be made in time for the half-term vacations, resulting in a boom in bookings.
Ministers claim that the new restrictions, which took effect at 4 a.m. today, will make travel “easier and less expensive.” Those traveling from a red-list country, such as the Philippines, will still have to stay in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights, costing £2,285 for lone travelers.
However, people who are completely vaccinated and unvaccinated under the age of 18 from more than 50 countries can now visit the UK without having to undergo a pre-departure lateral flow test.
They also won’t have to pay £65 for a day-eight post-arrival PCR test or self-isolate at home. They will, however, be required to complete a day two post-arrival PCR test.
Pre-departure testing is already waived for children under the age of eleven. “We are moving toward a future where transport continues to reopen safely and is open for good,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, “and today’s regulatory amendments are fantastic news for families, businesses, and the travel sector.”
“While protecting public health remains our top concern, with more than eight out of ten individuals now completely vaccinated, we are able to take these actions to reduce the cost of testing and aid the sector’s recovery.”
The travel industry has applauded the relaxation of limitations. “However, there is still much to be done,” said Tim Alderslade of trade association Airlines UK. This isn’t a finished product.
“Removing PCR testing by the October half-term week is crucial in the short term, and we want to have clarification on the start date as soon as feasible.”
There is no specific timeframe for when fully vaccinated travelers arriving in England will be eligible. “Brinkwire News Summary.”