Traffic light system scrapped
Under the government’s plans for overhauling international travel, the current traffic light system of red, amber and green countries will be scrapped.
Instead, there will simply be a red list and all other countries will be considered “clear” for travel.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the changes make for a “simpler, more straightforward system”.
“One with less testing and lower costs, allowing more people to travel, see loved ones or conduct business around the world while providing a boost for the travel industry,” he said.
“Public health has always been at the heart of our international travel policy and with over 44 million people fully vaccinated in the UK, we are now able to introduce a proportionate updated structure that reflects the new landscape.”
PCR tests for travel to be replaced by lateral flows for fully vaccinated people
Double-jabbed people booking trips abroad will no longer have to pay for costly PCR tests from 4 October, under plans revealed by the government.
They will also no longer need to take pre-departure tests.
The travel industry has been calling for PCR testing to be scrapped for months, saying it is creating added costs for holidaymakers and putting many off travel.
Although testing will not be scrapped altogether, lateral flow tests are much cheaper and quicker.
Eight destinations removed from the red list – including Turkey, Pakistan and the Maldives
As has been speculated in recent days, Turkey has finally made it off the red list.
It means fully vaccinated people returning from the country will not need to quarantine.
The changes will come into effect from 4am on 22 September.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Turkey, the Maldives and Pakistan have been taken off the red list, but he has not yet revealed what the rest of the countries are.