Government scrap PCR tests for double-jabbed travellers returning to England

Fancy an escape? Sign up to the Chill newsletter for weekly inspiration and advice on UK holidays

The government has announced changes to the traffic light system for foreign travel.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that double-vaccinated passengers arriving from non red-list countries will no longer have to take day 2 PCR tests from a date later in October.

However, they will have to take a cheaper lateral flow test instead.

From October 4, fully-jabbed travellers will no longer have to take a pre-departure test at all.

Non-vaccinated arrivals will still have to take a test three days before coming to England, book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests, and fill out a passenger locator form.

As well as changes to testing, the amber list will be scrapped from October 4 to simplify the advice into "go" and "no go" destinations – with a single red list of countries.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed 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."

Turkey, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, Oman, Kenya and Sri Lanka are all coming off the red list after 4am on September 22.

This means Brits can avoid being forced to stay in a quarantine hotel.

The Government pledged to do a formal review of the rules on foreign travel before October 1.

The three-weekly update of which destinations are designated green, amber and red had been due on Thursday but it was delayed by the Cabinet reshuffle.

Get all the biggest Lifestyle news straight to your inbox. Sign up for the free Daily Star Hot Topics newsletter

  • Travel Advice
  • Holidays

Source: Read Full Article