New foreign travel rules announced in England



Rules for international travel will change from October 4, with a single red list and “simplified measures” for the rest of the world.

Pre-departure tests for fully vaccinated travellers to England will also be scrapped, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

And eight countries will be removed from the red list from 4am on Wednesday 22 September – including Turkey, Pakistan and the Maldives – reports The Mirror.

Double-vaccinated passengers coming into England from non-red-list countries will no longer have to take Day 2 PCR tests from a date later in October – but they will need to take another type of test instead. However, from October 4 they will no longer have to take a pre-departure test at all.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps unveiled the plans, which were signed off by Cabinet ministers on Friday morning.

He tweeted: “From Mon 4 Oct, if you’re fully vax you won’t need a pre-departure test before arrival into England from a non-red country and from later in Oct, will be able to replace the day 2 PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow.

“In addition, EIGHT countries and territories will come off the red list from Weds 22 Sept at 4am, incl. TURKEY, PAKISTAN and MALDIVES.

“We’ll also be introducing a new simplified system for international travel from Mon 4 Oct , replacing the current approach with a single red list and simplified measures for the rest of the world – striking the right balance to manage the public health risk as No.1 priority.”

The changes will apply to England – but the devolved administrations usually take similar decisions when it comes to foreign travel.


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