Travel to dozens of long-haul destinations such as Mexico and South Africa open from UK airports from today.
The travel “red list” has been reduced from 54 countries to just seven from 4 am Monday to give a boost to families hoping to take breaks abroad.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the long-awaited update to the system last week with South Africa and Thailand also being removed from the list, reports The Mirror.
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Indonesia was also removed from the red list, opening up tourist destination islands like Bali.
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This means that Brits returning from these countries will no longer have to isolate themselves in a hotel for 11 nights at the cost of £ 2,285.
And residents and nationals of those countries will finally be allowed to visit the UK again after months of a total ban.
The only seven countries that now remain on the red list are Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Venezuela.
It comes after the Foreign Office lifted its advisory against non-essential travel to 42 other countries and territories due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This makes it easier for people to obtain travel insurance for travel to these destinations.
There are now also two sets of rules for people coming from the rest of the world to the UK depending on their vaccination status.
Fully immunized children and adults arriving from the rest of the world now only have one test to take – a “Day 2” PCR test after landing.
There is no need to isolate yourself, and no need to take a “pre-departure” test before flying.
The Day 2 test will also be replaced with a cheaper side-stream later this month, which passengers can simply send in a photo to authorities.
But the plan to replace Day 2 Covid PCR tests with cheaper lateral flow tests for fully bitten ones is causing rifts in the Cabinet and does not have a launch date yet.
The Transportation Department said the new testing rules would come into effect by the end of October, which could be too late for thousands of families planning a mid-term break abroad.
They would be forced to shell out more money for expensive PCR tests.
The Foreign Office has also removed advice against non-essential travel to 42 other countries and territories due to the coronavirus pandemic, making it easier for people to obtain travel insurance for travel to these destinations.
Foreign Minister Liz Truss said on Friday: “These updates make it easier to travel abroad – boosting trade, tourism and bringing friends and family together.
“I am delighted that the safe reopening of travel allows people to exercise their personal responsibility and visit more destinations around the world.”