Vacationers were quick to book their getaways after travel changes also saw costly PCR tests scrapped – with demand for October mid-term breaks booming
Britons desperate for vacations have flocked to airports after changes to travel rules saw the orange list of destinations removed.
Vacationers were quick to book their getaways after travel changes also saw expensive PCR tests abandoned by the government.
Bookings soared to three times the normal rate after the announcement – with increasing demand for the October mid-term vacation.
The government has also reduced the red list, making destinations such as Turkey, Egypt, Kenya and the Maldives now safe for Britons.
The orange list will be removed from October 4 to simplify advice on “take out” and “no access” destinations, leaving only one red list of countries.
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The red list will then be lightened, reducing the number of destinations from which UK arrivals must spend 10 days in a government-approved quarantine hotel.
Eight countries will be removed from the red list from 4 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, including Turkey and the Maldives.
Double-vaccinated passengers arriving from non-redlisted countries will no longer have to take Day 2 PCR tests from a later date in October – but instead will have to take a cheaper lateral flow test.
As of October 4, full travelers will no longer have to take a pre-departure test at all.
Unvaccinated arrivals will still need to take a test three days before coming to England, book PCR testing for days 2 and 8, and complete a passenger locator form.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps unveiled the plans, which were approved by Cabinet ministers on Friday morning.
He tweeted: “From Monday October 4, if you are fully vaxed you will not need a pre-departure test before arriving in England from a non-red country and from later. in October, you will be able to replace the PCR from day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow.
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“In addition, EIGHT countries and territories will be removed from the red list as of Wednesday, September 22 at 4 am, including TURKEY, PAKISTAN and the MALDIVES.
“We will also introduce a new simplified system for international travel from Monday October 4, replacing the current approach with a single red list and simplified measures for the rest of the world – finding the right balance to manage risk for public health as a no. 1 priority. “