According to reports, the UK’s travel red list is to be narrowed down to nine countries in a matter of days.
There are currently 54 nations on the list, which enforce strict quarantine rules and impose heavy fees on travelers from areas that are considered to be at highest Covid risk.
Starting Tuesday, the UK’s current green, amber and red categories will be streamlined into just two lists: Red and Rest of the World (ROW.)
The existing red list will continue to be updated every three weeks, with the next reshuffle expected on October 7.
The government is reportedly planning to announce the list, with South Africa, Brazil and Mexico all expected to be opened to quarantine-travel next week, according to Sunday Telegraph.
“We are expecting a sharp reduction in the red list. It could be as few as nine countries on the list,” a source in Whitehall told the newspaper.
A second source cited by the paper confirmed that the red list had to be cut “substantially”.
All travelers entering the UK from a red-list destination will have to pay thousands of pounds for a 10-day stay in a government-mandated quarantine hotel, a requirement that remains in place after an overhaul of the traffic light system.
Fully vaccinated passengers arriving from countries on the ROW will no longer have to undergo pre-departure tests before returning to the UK, although they will still have to undergo two PCR tests a day later by the end of October.
Non-vaccinated arrivals must continue to undergo pre-departure testing, and must self-isolate for 10 days upon entry into the UK from all ROW countries.
After many disappointed at the lack of countries promoting amber in previous updates, experts have previously predicted a “bulk movement” on the red list this time around.
“My knowledge is that the cabinet was reluctant to appear too soft when the whole country was taken off the red list at a time when cases were rising in the UK,” said Covid data analyst Tim White. Granthshala This week.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /