UK Red Travel Ban List Reduced to Just Seven Countries

The number of countries in the red travel list will be reduced from 54 to just seven, the United Kingdom government announced on Oct. 7.

Starting from Oct. 11, the UK will remove 47 countries and territories from its red travel list due to the “continued progress on vaccination both at home and around the world.”

The seven countries to remain in the red list are Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

Under the current rules, passengers returning to England from the 47 countries will no longer be required to undergo hotel quarantine.

Furthermore, eligible fully vaccinated travelers and those under 18 from non-red countries can return to England with just a day 2 test.

Meanwhile, passengers who are not fully vaccinated with an authorized vaccine from a non-red destination are still required to take a pre-departure test, a day 2 and day 8 test, and must undergo self-quarantine for 10 days.

The government also announced that travelers from 37 more countries will have their vaccination certificates recognized.

Passengers from Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey will be treated the same as returning fully vaccinated UK residents, as long as they have not visited a red-list destination in the 10 days before arriving in England.

“Restoring people’s confidence in travel is key to rebuilding our economy and levelling up this country. With less restrictions and more people traveling, we can all continue to move safely forward together along our pathway to recovery,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

The government said that scientists will continue to engage with red-list countries to keep track of variants of concern, notably the Lambda and Mu variants.

The government added that they will also continue to maintain surveillance at the border to quickly respond to a potential increase in risks.

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