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The number of countries on the UK Covid travel red list will be cut from 54 to 7, the government says.

As of Thursday the 7th October 2021 confirmed that from 4am Monday 11 October, 47 countries and territories will be removed from its red list, making it easier for more people to travel abroad to a larger number of countries and territories. Passengers returning to England from these destinations will no longer be required to enter hotel quarantine.

This means that Fully vaccinated passengers and those under 18s returning from countries and territories not on the red list, can do so with just a day 2 test. Other passengers who are not fully vaccinated with an authorised vaccine returning from a non-red destination must still take a pre-departure test, a day 2 and day 8 test and complete 10 days self-isolation.

From 4am Monday 11 October, eligible travellers vaccinated in over 37 new countries and territories including Brazil, Ghana and South Africa  will also be treated the same as returning fully vaccinated UK residents, so long as they have not visited a red list country or territory in the 10 days before arriving in England.

Countries with approved COVID-19 proof of vaccination.

Passengers who are not an eligible traveller with an authorised vaccine arriving from a rest of world destination must still take a pre-departure test, a day 2 and day 8 test and complete 10 days self-isolation.

All arrivals will still complete a passenger locator form.

A UK government source said the government still aimed to replace the so-called day two “PCR test on arrival” with a cheaper lateral flow test by the half-term break, for many schools in England after 22 October.

But they said the government was still working on a date for when the new testing rule would be introduced.

Under current rules, travellers must use more expensive PCR tests for their post-arrival day two screening. People who are not fully vaccinated must provide a further PCR test on day eight.

This latest move will be seen as a boost to the airline industry and families separated during the pandemic.




The following African destinations will be removed from the red list from 04:00 BST on Monday:

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    Adeola is a world traveller and influencer focusing her area of travel on the continent of Africa, being her passion at her core. The aspiring writer wants to use her story to educate those about what different African countries are really like through the gaze of a first-generation British Nigerian. Her solo travels through the continent aim to inspire others giving not only her stories but useful facts about each country.

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