UK announces new system for international travel

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UK announces new system for international travel
Source: Twitter @HeathrowAirport
September 17, 2021

The British government approved new rules for international travel that take effect on October 4 


Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today announced a streamlined system for international travel in light of the successful launch of domestic vaccines in the UK, bringing greater stability to the industry and passengers.

The current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries and territories that will remain crucial to protect public health, and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world starting Monday, October 4 at 4 a.m. M.

Testing requirements will also be lowered for fully vaccinated eligible travelers, who will no longer need to take a PDT when traveling to England starting Monday, October 4 at 4am. M.

Beginning in late October, eligible fully vaccinated passengers and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-Red countries will be able to replace their day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow test, reducing the cost of testing to their arrival in England. . The government wants to introduce this at the end of October, with the goal of having it in place by the time people return from mid-term holidays.

Anyone who tests positive will need to isolate and perform a  confirmatory PCR test, at no additional cost to the traveler, which will be genomically sequenced to help identify new variants.

Testing for unvaccinated passengers from non-Red countries will include pre-departure tests, PCR tests on Day 2 and Day 8. 

Starting October 4, England will welcome fully vaccinated travelers from a number of new countries, who will be treated as UK travelers returning fully vaccinated, including 17 countries and territories such as Japan and Singapore, following the success of a existing pilot with the US and Europe.

Grant Shapps Secretary of Transportation said: "Today's changes mean a simpler and more straightforward system. One with less testing and lower costs, allowing more people to travel, see loved ones, or conduct business across the globe. world, while providing a boost to the travel industry."
"Public health has always been at the center of our international travel policy and with more than 8 in 10 adults vaccinated in the UK we can now introduce a proportionate updated structure that reflects the new landscape."

As part of the Global Travel Taskforce's third checkpoint review, today's update reiterates the government's focus on protecting its borders from the most dangerous variants and ensures continuity for industry and passengers for the remainder of the year. We will hope to establish a further review of the UK international travel policy   early in the new year to provide more certainty for the 2022 spring and summer seasons.

By conducting the final periodic stoplight check prior to the switch to the new two-tier system, several additional countries and territories will be removed from the red list: Turkey, Pakistan, Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh, and Kenya. The changes will take effect at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22.

Passengers who are not recognized as fully vaccinated with vaccinations and certificates authorized under England's international travel rules, will still need to take a pre-departure test, a PCR test on Day 2 and Day 8 and self-isolate for 10 days after his return. from a country not on the red list under the new two-tier travel program. 
The Test to Release will continue to be an option for unvaccinated passengers who wish to shorten their isolation period.

Sajid Javid, Secretary of Health and Social Care, said: "Today we have simplified the travel rules to make them easier to understand and follow, opening up tourism and reducing costs to go abroad."
"As global vaccination efforts continue to accelerate and more people gain protection against this terrible disease, it is right that our rules and regulations keep pace."
"From the end of October, we will also make changes to allow passengers who change flights or international trains during their trip to follow the measures associated with their country of departure, rather than whatever country they have transited through as part of their journey." 

All passengers will need to complete a passenger locator form prior to travel. Should continue checking guide  trip the  UK that includes tips  trip  FCDO before, during and after the trip to stay updated on entry requirements and ensure compliance with the latest regulations COVID-19 and not COVID-19 for the country that is visited.

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