Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps will today announce a review of Covid’s travel rules by discontinuing the traffic light system.
The new system is reported to be simpler. It is expected that the green and amber lists will be merged to form one category of low-risk countries, but the number of destinations on the red list will decrease.
More focus will be placed on the vaccination situation, giving double jab people much more freedom to travel. Here’s everything you need to know.
When is the announcement?
Currently, the Secretary of Transportation’s renewal time has not been set. Ministers are expected to meet first in the afternoon to finalize the rules, and the announcement is likely to be made shortly.
Travel updates typically take place every three weeks (usually 5-8 pm) on Wednesday or Thursday, but this week has been postponed until Friday due to a cabinet reshuffle.
Announcements are usually not broadcast on television, instead changes to the green, amber, and red lists are shared on Chaps’ social media account.
However, this is a larger review, so the government can opt for a press conference on television.
The changes will take effect prior to the half-year break in October.
How can I watch it live?
If there is a press conference televised, it will be broadcast live on BBC News and Sky News.
BBC News can be viewed online via BBC iPlayer and Sky News can be viewed through the YouTube channel.
Is the amber list discarded?
Basically it is. Currently, we expect to have only two lists. One is a list of countries you can travel to and the other is a list of countries you cannot travel to.
This effectively means that you have a green list and a red list, but their names may not be preserved.
Rules for self-isolation and testing are expected to vary depending on the vaccination status of the person.
How does separation work?
Hotel quarantine will continue to be implemented in all Red List countries, regardless of vaccination status. This means that anyone arriving in the UK from any of these countries will need to be quarantined in a government-designated hotel for 10 days, and one traveler will cost more than £ 2,200.
Fully vaccinated people (those who received a second jab at least 14 days before arriving in the UK) do not need to self-quarantine after returning from another country.
However, non-double jabs seem to need to be quarantined, even if they return from a country that was previously on the green list, which is no longer the case.
This means that quarantine rules for unvaccinated people are technically stricter.
How does the test work?
Currently, everyone is required to undergo a Covid test (PCR or lateral flow) during the three days prior to departure for the UK.
This requirement is set to be abolished for fully vaccinated people, eliminating the cost and hassle of traveling abroad.
For those who aren’t double-jabed, it will probably stay there.
Fully vaccinated people can also change the current requirement to have a PCR test two days or earlier after returning to the UK. It can be replaced with cheaper immunochromatography or completely discarded.
People who are not fully vaccinated are reported to need to undergo PCR testing on days 2 and 8, as they currently do in countries on the amber list.
Will the Red List be reduced?
According to reports, half of the countries currently on the Red List may be able to join the new safe travel category.
This is because it is expected that the Red List designation will be reserved for certain dangerously concerned mutants, especially in countries where the spread of the first beta mutant found in South Africa is a concern.
The Red List is currently in 62 countries. Covid Data Analyst Tim White Independent Based on current data, he believes the following 12 countries need to be removed from the Red List.
- Dominican Republic
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
Paul Charles, a travel consultant for PC agency, argued that as many as 24 Red List countries should relax the restrictions.
- Dominican Republic
- South Africa
in the meantime, Times Reports that the list will be more than half and the majority of countries will be able to travel starting next month.
However, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean are all at risk of being added due to the increasing number of cases.