TThe government has significantly reduced the travel red list, removing 47 countries including South Africa, Brazil and Mexico.
Only seven countries remain on the list.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the move was a “major step forward” for the UK travel industry and travelers.
He said 47 countries will be taken off the red list starting at 4 a.m. on Monday, making it easier for more people to travel abroad to more countries. Passengers returning to England from these destinations will no longer be required to quarantine at the hotel.
The government will also expand the inbound vaccinated arrivals system to 37 other countries and territories around the world, including India, South Africa and Turkey, meaning that eligible passengers arriving from the rest of the world will not have than to take a two-day test in England.
And he said passengers will be able to send in a photo of their lateral flow test as a minimum requirement to verify the accuracy of the test results and keep prices low once both tests move to lateral flow later this month. , followed by a free PCR test if it is positive.
Mr Shapps announced the move in a series of tweets around 5:20 p.m. Thursday.
“The measures announced today mark the next step as we continue to open up travel and provide stability for passengers and industry while staying on track to keep travel open for good,” a- he declared.
The Red List announcement goes beyond predictions by travel experts who estimated dozens of countries would be removed from the Red List, meaning returning vacationers would not have to stay in quarantine hotels for 11 nights at a cost of over £ 2,200.
The Delta variant soon arrived from India and crossed the country due to its high transmissibility.
There were 54 countries on the Red List, which includes all of mainland South America and southern and eastern Africa.
The decentralized administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have established their own travel rules, but have recently mirrored announcements made at Westminster.
Paul Charles, managing director of travel consultancy The PC Agency, predicted that only a handful of “less visited areas” such as Afghanistan, Haiti and Somalia would remain on the red list, “general measures on l ‘Africa and South America being suppressed’.
He told the PA news agency that this would be “a big step forward” because it means the government “will finally move to a policy of individual risk”.
The news was well received by the travel industry.
A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said: ‘The drastic reduction in the Red List and recognition of the vaccination status of many other countries is another positive step towards the UK’s recovery from the pandemic and a travel boost. international.
“We are ready to welcome fully vaccinated arrivals from India, South Africa and Hong Kong to the UK. However, to ensure the realization of all the economic benefits and the achievement of Britain’s global ambitions, all testing for fully vaccinated travelers from low-risk destinations must be removed, bringing us into line with Europe. and the United States.
“We look forward to receiving as soon as possible the date of the reopening of the US border for fully vaccinated international visitors, allowing the UK to strengthen ties with our most important economic partner, boost trade and tourism as well as to bring together friends, family and co-workers.