Red list to have ZERO countries on it – mandatory quarantine scrapped from November

Grant Shapps announces 47 countries removed from red list

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In a great news move for the travel industry, the last seven countries on the UK red list are set to be removed. The current red list countries will be removed on November 1. 

The new simplified travel list system will now be even simpler.

The red list currently includes Colombia, Peru, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Venezuela and Ecuador.

Passengers arriving from these countries will no longer have to quarantine in a hotel at their cost for 10 full days.

Grant Shapps tweeted the countries will be removed from the red list at Monday 1 November at 4am. 

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He said: “UPDATE: All seven remaining countries on the red list will be REMOVED from Monday 1 November at 4am.” 

As all countries were removed, it effectively means every destination in the world will become fair game for Britons in need of a holiday.

Quarantine was mandatory for travellers coming back from red list countries.

The move to remove all countries from the list could mean the need for quarantining is no longer an issue.

 

The travel industry said the move was “welcome news”.

Gary Lewis, CEO of The Travel Network Group said: “The travel industry will be breathing a sigh of relief now costly hotel quarantine is being scrapped for those returning from red list countries. It is encouraging to see further progress being made to remove barriers to free travel after 19 months of restrictions. We hope that this move helps to build customer confidence and reassure people that they can book trips and travel without the threat of costly or disruptive changes to their plans.” 

Up until now, coming back from a red list country meant quarantining for 10 days at a cost of £2,285 per person.

Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: “There’s no justification now for any country to be on a red list or for hotel quarantine to be in existence.

“There have been no new variants of concern since May and countries are now learning that blanket border measures, such as blocking whole countries, don’t work.

“The best approach is to check for an individual’s vaccine status and ensure they are up to date if they want to travel without restrictions.”

The red list category will remain an option for Government. 

Grant Shapps tweeted: “We will keep the red list category in place as a precautionary measure to protect public health and are prepared to add countries and territories back if needed, as the UK’s first line of defence.” 

Countries could be moved to the red list in future.

Hotels were also reportedly still on standby, as quarantining could be back on the menu at some point.

But the entire world will soon be open for holidaying Britons.

Graeme Buck, Director of Communications at ABTA, The Travel Association, reacted to the news: “The decision to remove the remaining seven countries from the red list is welcome news for international travel.

“This news, together with the introduction of day two lateral flow tests instead of PCRs for fully vaccinated travellers returning to England – and Scotland and Wales from 31 October – means the process of booking and travelling on a foreign holiday is now cheaper and easier.”

While the Government may tell Britons everywhere is safe, the rest of the world is wary of the UK’s Covid rates.

On October 21, Morocco closed its borders to Britons.

It remains to be seen whether other countries may follow suit.

On Twitter, Paul Henley said: “Now the government needs to work on getting the UK off other countries red lists.”

Jen Wah, meanwhile, said: “Can UK add itself to the red list? See as highest number of cases seems to be the one thing we are world beating at. Asking for the rest of the world.”

 

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