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The travel lists that once governed British holidaymakers will soon considerably thin out, with the most restrictive tier near empty. The Government has resolved to pry 47 nations from its red list, giving Britons the freedom to pick from a range of new tropical destinations.
The move means it now warns potential holidaymakers against visiting just seven destinations.
The Government’s new-look red list will take shape from next Monday, October 11.
Brits will be able to pick from a selection of sought-after hotspots, among them the Seychelles and Cuba.
But people living in England will have to abide by red list rules if planning to visit or return from these nations before next week.
And only vaccinated people can take full advantage of the coming relaxations.
Countries moving from the red list next week include:
- Cape Verde
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Costa Rica
- French Guiana
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- Trinidad and Tobago
The seven countries remaining on the list include:
- Dominican Republic
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As the red list slims, ministers will relax some of the requirements for those returning from these destinations.
Passengers will no longer have to enter hotel quarantine on arrival and, provided they are fully vaccinated, take fewer tests.
They only need to take the day two Covid test, while unvaccinated passengers have several more responsibilities.
Unvaccinated passengers must take a pre-departure test, days two and eight tests and isolate for 10 days.
The travel industry has welcomed the news, which Transport Secretary Grant Shapps described as vital to “rebuilding our economy and levelling up this country”.
ABTA – The Travel Association’s chief executive, Mark Tanzer, said the changes would give Britons the “best time in a long time” to book an overseas vacation.
British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle hailed the changes as a “benefit” for the Covid-scarred industry.
But he called for further changes to ensure England keeps its “place on the global stage”, starting with an end to tests for vaccinated passengers.
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