UK Covid: Turkey off red list as part of wide-ranging easing of travel rules – as it happened

Details of new travel rules

Here are the key points from the travel announcement.

From Wednesday 22 September

  • Eight countries are coming off the red list. They are: Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya. The change will take effect at 4am on the Wednesday.

From Monday 4 October

  • Fully-vaccinated travellers from 17 more countries, including Japan and Singapore, will be subject to the same rules as fully-vaccinated British travellers when they arrive in the UK.
  • The current traffic light system, with different rules for red, amber and green countries, will be replaced with a new system: red list (countries that pose a particular risk), and everywhere else (countries deemed safer, or more normal).
  • Fully-vaccinated travellers who are travelling to England will no longer need to do a pre-departure test before they set off.

From the end of October

  • Fully-vaccinated Britons, and people with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-red countries, will be able to replace the day two PCR test they currently must do after their arrival in England with a cheaper lateral flow test. The government wants this system to be in place in time for people returning from half-term holidays. If people test positive, they will need to isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test, at no extra cost.
  • Unvaccinated passengers will still have to get pre-departure tests, and day two and day eight PCR tests. Test to release will remain an option.

Early in 2022

  •  A new travel policy is due to be announced.

Here is the Department for Transport news release with details of the new rules.

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