New Rules Introduced To Make Travel To The UK 'Easier And Cheaper'
New rules have been introduced to make travel to the UK "easier and cheaper".
As reported by rte.ie, the UK's traffic light system involving green, amber and red lists has been scrapped, and locations are now categorised as either being on the red list or not.
The move reportedly comes amid reports that the number of countries on the red list will be cut from 54 to nine later in the week, with destinations such as Brazil, Mexico and South Africa reportedly expected to be opened up to hotel quarantine-free travel.
Fully vaccinated residents and unvaccinated individuals under the age of 18 from over 50 countries and territories can reportedly now enter the UK without being required to complete a pre-departure lateral flow test, take a day-eight post-arrival PCR test costing approximately £65, or self-isolate at home, with just a single day-two post-arrival test reportedly being required.
Individuals under the age of 11 were reportedly already exempt from pre-departure testing.
Individuals who arrive from a red tier destination will reportedly still be required to spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel, reportedly costing £2,285 for solo travellers.
UK Transport Secretary Statement
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps reportedly said, "We are accelerating towards a future where travel continues to reopen safely and remains open for good, and today's rule changes are good news for families, businesses and the travel sector.
"Our priority remains to protect public health but, with more than eight in 10 people now fully vaccinated, we are able to take these steps to lower the cost of testing and help the sector to continue in its recovery."
Airlines UK Chief Executive Statement
Tim Alderslade, who is the chief executive of Airlines UK, which is a trade body representing UK airlines, reportedly said, "Things are moving in the right direction and the removal of these restrictions will make it easier and cheaper for people to travel.
"We've seen a good response to the announcement in terms of bookings and, given current trends, we would hope to see more countries come off the red list and further mutual recognition of vaccine status.
"There is still much to do, though. This is not job done, and ministers need to keep in mind that we remain an outlier on arrivals testing for vaccinated passengers.
"In the short-term the removal of PCR testing by the October half-term week is critical, and we look forward to clarity on the start date for this as soon as possible."
No Date For Cheaper Test
A date has reportedly not been set for when eligible fully vaccinated travellers arriving in England will be able to use a cheaper lateral flow test rather than a PCR version for the day-two post-arrival test.
The UK Department for Transport reportedly said that the UK government "aims to have it in place for when people return from half-term breaks".
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