When the next travel review is due and what’s expected to change
The latest travel review on September 17 led to a pretty massive shake-up of the travel restrictions for UK travellers.
It told that from October 4, the ‘amber’ travel list is to be scrapped and merged with the green list, simplifying the UK system into two tiers with a ‘high risk’ tier and ‘low risk’ tier.
Many have continued to refer to this simplified system as just a red and green list, which will come into effect on Monday October 4.
The rules for travel on the new green list will depend upon your vaccination status.
The number of destinations on the red or low risk list has also been reduced.
On September 22 the first changes to this effect were made as eight countries were take off the red list and added to amber.
These include Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya.
Prior to the governments latest change last week, travel reviews were being conducted at three week intervals.
But reports suggest that this latest change to the system may be for the foreseeable future with the regular reviews scrapped, at present there are no further reviews announced.
Instead announcements in future updating or changing the travel lists look set to be based upon the discovery of any new Covid variants which require countries’ restrictions to be updated.
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So which countries will be on the new red and green lists?
The new green list will be essentially an amalgamation of the amber and green lists that already exist.
These two lists are essentially becoming a ‘rest of the world’ category alongside the red list of high risk nations.
From now until October 4 when the new system comes into place there are no further changes to the travel lists that have been announced so it is reasonable to assume the 54 countries currently on the red list will remain there.
Meanwhile, the same can be assumed for the nations on the green list.
It is likely every destination on the amber list will also make the cut for the ‘rest of the world’ tier in the new system as currently none of the countries on it are considered on the red watchlist.
This means the return of European holiday favourites like Spain, Italy, Portugal, and France to UK travellers.
However travellers should be aware that whilst this opens up restrictions somewhat on the UK side, Covid requirements for travel for foreign governments differ and may be more strict.
Always check Foreign Office travel advice before planning travel to avoid any unexpected delays or issues.
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