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Published on Monday, October 4, 2021

Red list likely to be slashed to just nine countries

The UK's red list of high-risk destinations is set to be significantly reduced.

The current 54 countries on the list could be slashed to just nine, the Telegraph reports.

It includes countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa.

Currently, travellers have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days at their own expense on arrival from a red list country.

The newspaper says the change takes effect from later in October.

It comes as the UK eases travel rules from today with the scrapping of the amber list testing for vaccinated travellers.

The government also no longer mandate a PCR test two days after arrival in England later this month and allow for cheaper lateral flow tests.

"The cost that generates for families, particularly families just trying to go out and holiday, you know we shouldn't be keeping anything like that in place for a second longer than is absolutely necessary," Health Secretary Sajid Javid recently said.

Unvaccinated arrivals still need to take the pre-departure test when travelling to England.


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