Ryanair, Jet2, easyJet, Tui: Update as major travel rule changes set to come in on Monday – Lancs Live

It has been a very challenging 18 months for the travel sector, with constantly changing traffic light rules and gruelling pre and post-departure testing in place.

However, that is set to change tomorrow (October 4), when the UK will open up further and rules will relax.

The easing of restrictions will allow the vast majority of people to travel more freely with fewer hoops to jump through on arriving in Britain.

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From tomorrow, the amber and green lists are set to be scrapped along with their quarantining requirements, leaving one singular red list instead, with just 50 countries off-limits.

If a country is on the red list, it indicates that Covid cases are high, so therefore anyone travelling to these places must still quarantine for 10 days on their return to England.

However, those travelling from any other country that is not listed as red will be able to skip quarantine altogether, allowing for easier travel.

These rules will come into effect at 4am on Monday, October 4, and further rules are set to come into force at the end of the month too.

From the end of October, those who are fully vaccinated returning from any country not listed as red will be able to replace the day 2 PCR tests with the cheaper alternatives – lateral flows tests – and they can also say goodbye to pre-departure tests.

On September 22 a further eight countries were taken off the red list: Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya.

All travellers returning from a red list country will need to continue taking a pre-departure test and repeating these on day 2 and day 8 after their return to England.

They must also quarantine at a government-approved hotel for a total of 11 nights and will not be able to take any Covid tests to shorten this time.

As a result of the new testing system, travelling will become a lot more affordable because people will no longer need to buy the expensive PCR tests. The new testing system is due to come into effect in time for the October half-term, opening up travel for those who may have missed out this summer.

People wanting to take advantage of the new rules and travel must be fully vaccinated, with the two doses from a manufacturer recognised by the government and from a recognised nation.

The list of recognised nations expands to 17 countries and includes those using jabs authorised by the European Medicines Agency, the United States Food and Drug Administration, and the Swiss vaccination programme.

Anyone who tests positive will need to continue to isolate and take a PCR test to confirm these results, which will come at no additional cost. This is said to be genomically sequenced to help identify new variants.

Unvaccinated passengers travelling from non-red list countries must still take a pre-departure test and again a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 when returning to England.

Taking a test to release remains an option for those wanting to reduce the self-isolation period.

The Welsh government has confirmed it will merge the green and amber travel lists into one and remove the requirement for pre-departure testing for those fully vaccinated.

Northern Ireland is yet to announce whether it will be making any changes to travel rules.

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