Government AffairsStarting 04 October, England simplifies its traffic light system to tackle international concerns.

No more red, amber or green lights for UK's inbound travel

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Under this new ruling, fully vaccinated foreign travellers can skip the pre-departure test, a day eight Covid-19 test, and quarantine.
Under this new ruling, fully vaccinated foreign travellers can skip the pre-departure test, a day eight Covid-19 test, and quarantine. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Vladislav Zolotov

Starting 4 October, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries only.

Since its implementation, the system has been widely criticised for its complicated approach and uncertainty posed to travellers.

WTTC has repeatedly called for the system's end, stating that the endless chopping and changing of countries causes confusion, and only benefits an unregulated market of costly test suppliers.

Under this new ruling, travellers must be fully vaccinated under specific approved vaccines including the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines, at least 14 days before arrival in England.

These foreign visitors must also take a Covid-19 test on or before day two after arriving in England, book and pay for a day two Covid-19 test upon arrival, and complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours before arriving in England.

In exchange, fully vaccinated travellers can skip the pre-departure test, a day eight Covid-19 test, and quarantine at home or in the place they are staying for 10 days after arriving in England.

Then, from end October, eligible fully vaccinated passengers will be able to replace their day two PCR test with a cheaper antigen test.

Eight countries have been removed from the 'red' list since 22 September: Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, the Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Turkey.

Source: M&C Asia




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