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UK Government reduces ‘red list’ to just seven countries: latest COVID-19 travel update

Posted by: Gherson Immigration

Effective from 11 October 2021, the UK Government’s ‘red list’, which included countries such as South Africa and Brazil, requiring a compulsory stay in a managed quarantine hotel at the price of more than £2,000 if visited in the past 10 days before travelling to the UK, was reduced to just seven countries.

The scrapping of the traffic light system

Following the scrapping of the ‘traffic light’ system earlier this month, those travelling to England, who are fully vaccinated under a vaccination programme recognised in the UK, need to:

  1. Book and pay for their Day-2 COVID-19 test before travelling, which is to be taken after the arrival in England.
  2. Complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), which is to be done within 48 hours before travelling, indicating countries visited in the past 10 days.
  3. Take the Day-2 COVID-19 test on or before their Day 2 of arriving in England.

The original requirements to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to England, take a further test on Day 8 after arrival, and to self-isolate for 10 days at one’s own accommodation, have been removed for fully vaccinated passengers.

Reducing ‘red list’ to just seven countries, and updates on the recognition of one’s vaccination status, and further plans for testing

Following the Government’s announcement, it has been confirmed that:

  1. The Government’s ‘red list’ has been reduced to just seven countries including Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
  2. The vaccination status of passengers, who have been vaccinated in over 37 countries, including Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey, is to be treated in the same way as that of fully vaccinated UK residents returning to England, meaning there is no requirement to complete 10 days in self-isolation, except where a red list country visited in the past 10 days and a hotel quarantine is required.
  3. There are plans to switch the Day 2 test from the current PCR to lateral flow later this month.

The requirement to stay in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days still applies to fully vaccinated passengers who have visited a red list country in the past 10 days.

Passengers arriving in England either unvaccinated or without an authorised vaccine

Government reduces ‘red list’ to just seven countries: latest COVID-19 travel updateThose travelling into England who have not been fully vaccinated, or where the vaccine is not included in England’s authorised list, need to:

  1. Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test.
  2. Book and pay for their Day 2 and Day 8 test before travelling, which is to be taken after the arrival in England.
  3. Complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), which is to be done within 48 hours before travelling, indicating countries visited in the past 10 days.
  4. Complete 10 days’ self-isolation at own accommodation after arriving in England (with the option of Test to Release on Day 5).

The requirement to stay in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days still applies to unvaccinated passengers who have arrived or visited a red list country in the past 10 days.

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