Red List International Travel

UK Red List to be reduced to zero.

Well, the Transport Secretary of the United Kingdom has finally seen sense in the Governments Red List for International Travel. 

The removal of the seven remaining countries, mainly South America and Dominican Republic will be removed from 4am on Monday, November 1st. 

Residents from, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Haiti, and Dominican Republic can start to travel to the UK. Vice versa, we are now able to plan trips to these countries without the need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the UK. 

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “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 defense.” 

This is a much-needed boost for many of my friends and family who live and work in these countries. 

Earlier this month 47 countries were removed from the list in one of the largest reopening’s to foreign travel since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Eligible fully-vaccinated travelers, and most under 18s arriving into England from non-red list countries, since October 24, have been able to use lateral flow tests on day-two after arrival. with a free confirmatory PCR test if they test positive.  

The same rule will apply to arrivals in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from October 31. 

Arrivals into the UK will require to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to their onward travel, unless they are exempt. 

From Monday 1st November eligible travelers from thirty new countries and territories will be included onto the UK Inbound Vaccination Policy. This means, more than 135 countries are now accepted at the UK Border in guidance of the governments fully vaccinated rules.  

There is still a long way to go, to accept the non-vaccinated to be allowed to travel to destinations worldwide. Hopefully, the government will start to see sense in the choice of many people that refuse the vaccination because of their own beliefs. 

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