New travel rules from October 4 as traffic light system scrapped – Liverpool Echo

The UK’s traffic light system and testing procedures for foreign travel are to change next week.

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps announced a simplified system for international travel in September in light of the success of the UK’s domestic vaccine rollout.

The current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries and territories and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world from Monday, October 4 at 4am.

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Testing requirements will also be reduced for eligible fully vaccinated travellers, who will no longer need to take a PCR when travelling to England from Monday, October 4 at 4am.

From the end of October, eligible fully vaccinated passengers and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-red countries will be able to replace their day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow test, reducing the cost of tests on arrival into England.

The government wants to introduce this by the end of October, aiming to have it in place for when people return from half-term breaks.

Anyone testing positive will need to isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test, at no additional cost to the traveller, which would be genomically sequenced to help identify new variants.

Testing for unvaccinated passengers from non-red countries will include pre-departure tests, day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. Test to release remains an option to reduce self-isolation period.

From October 4, England will welcome fully vaccinated travellers from a host of new countries – who will be treated like returning fully vaccinated UK travellers – including 17 countries and territories such as Japan and Singapore, following the success of an existing pilot with the US and Europe.

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