Joy for Brit holidaymakers as Government scraps Covid travel Amber List

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Double-jabbed travellers will no longer have to splash out on a PCR test when back in the UK.

In the latest holiday travel news announcement from Grant Shapps on Friday, September 17, a new look traffic light system has also been confirmed.

The middle amber list is to be scrapped entirely, with countries on the Government website to be classed as either red or green.

The Travel Secretary revealed that rules for international travel will change from October 4, with a single red list and “simplified measures” for the rest of the world as well as the scrapping of pre-departure tests for fully vaccinated travellers to England.

Testing rules however will not be relaxed for anyone without both vaccinations for coronavirus.

Current rules demand that even double-jabbed holidaymakers returning from a green list destination must take a Covid-19 test before heading home, and submit a PCR test on their second day back in Britain.

The tourism industry has mounted pressure on the government to ease the testing demands.

Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK told the BBC that the UK travel industry was suffering as a result of testing requirements compared to European rivals.

He added that thousands of jobs could be threatened by the tough restrictions.

The revised red list will include only countries where there is a significant concern about Covid variants.

Labour had called for the government to give clearer guidance on where is relatively safe visit and where is not.

A government insider has admitted the shake up of travel rules is hoped to increase the uptake of vaccinations.

The Guardian reports cheaper, less hassle holidays are expected to be a much-needed incentive to the 10% of those eligible to be vaccinated but have not done so.

Quarantine hotels will still be used for anyone returning from a red list country but the list will be slashed as destinations shift over to green.

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  • Boris Johnson
  • Holidays
  • Covid vaccine
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