TUI, Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2: all remaining countries will be removed from the travel red list tomorrow
The UK’s red list for international travel will be cleared tomorrow morning (November 11), removing the remaining seven destinations.
Transportation Secretary Grant Schapps has announced that Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela will be removed from the list at 4 a.m. on November 1.
This means that people arriving in the UK from these countries will no longer be required to spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £ 2,285.
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The red list and the hotel quarantine policy will remain in place in the background and continue to serve as a line of defense against the importation of variants of concern if necessary.
The red list will be reviewed every three weeks and the government will impose restrictions if necessary to protect public health.
Mr Shapps wrote on Twitter: “We will keep the Red List category in place as a precautionary measure to protect public health and are ready to add countries and territories if necessary, as the Kingdom’s first line of defense. -United.”
He added that from Monday, the government will recognize coronavirus vaccines for arrivals from more than 30 new countries and territories, including Peru and Uganda.
The changes will be visible across the UK as the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish governments make the same changes to the red list and vaccine recognition.
The end of the hotel quarantine would align the UK with most of the rest of Europe.
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Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I am happy that we are able to narrow down the travel list even further, which gives a huge boost to businesses, families and friends who want to travel.
“The red list and quarantine remain vital to protect our borders. We are keeping a small number of quarantine rooms on standby and will not hesitate to act quickly by adding countries to the red list if the risk increases again. “
The hotel quarantine policy was introduced in February as part of measures to reduce the risk of arrival of travelers infected with the coronavirus.
However, he has been blamed for helping UK travel companies struggling to recover from the pandemic.
Karen Dee, CEO of the Airport Operators Association, said the announcement was “an important step forward in standardizing international travel and should give people the confidence to book.”
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She continued, “At the end of the day, we have to get back to a situation similar to before the pandemic, where people can travel without further tests or forms to fill out.
“The UK and decentralized governments should aim for this as soon as possible safely.”
Clive Wratten, President of the Business Travel Association, said: “The removal of all countries from the red list is appreciated.
“However, the latent threat of further introductions to this list and the continued existence of quarantine hotels means it doesn’t give travelers the confidence they need.”
Paul Charles, managing director of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said there was “no justification” for the use of quarantine in hotels.
He said: “There have been no new variants of concern since May and countries are now learning that general border measures, such as blocking entire countries, are not working.
“The best approach is to check an individual’s immunization status and make sure they are up to date if they want to travel without restrictions.
“It is encouraging that the UK government has finally understood this. “
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