Red list countries to be quarantine-free after traffic light system scrapped this week

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Red list countries to be quarantine-free after traffic light system scrapped this week

The next travel review is due to be announced on Wednesday or Thursday this week. It is believed some countries will be moved from the red to the a

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The next travel review is due to be announced on Wednesday or Thursday this week. It is believed some countries will be moved from the red to the amber list. But which ones?

However, it is believed the red list of countries will stay in place, with travellers still required to quarantine in hotels on return to the UK.

Travel expert Simon Calder said on social media: “Leaks [and] rumours abound on possible changes to the ‘traffic light’ system.

“We expect the usual spin of the ‘red/amber/green’ holiday roulette wheel next Wednesday. Or Thursday.

“But more fundamental changes could be afoot.”

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However, some red countries are expected to be upgraded to amber this week.

There are currently 62 locations on the red list, including Mexico, Tunisia, Turkey, and most of South America and Africa.

The two countries most likely to be added to amber for UK tourists are Maldives and Pakistan.

Turkey is also expected to join the amber list, which will mean fully-vaccinated Britons will be able to go on holiday from next month without having to quarantine on return.

Those who haven’t received their two jabs still have to quarantine and pay for at least two PCR tests when returning from amber countries.

Simon Calder commented: “At the moment we’re in this bizarre position where the UK has the highest infection rate of any major European nations and it also has the highest barriers to entry for people coming in.

“But we hope that there would be, from October 1, some substantial change, meanwhile, that shouldn’t be confused with what’s happening next week, maybe on Wednesday, maybe on Thursday, the regular travel traffic light review, which might well see Turkey taken off the red list, and many people are hoping for this, and moved to amber.

“And maybe a couple of low infection countries, Poland and Hungary move to the green list. But I must stress that is pure speculation.”



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