Travel rules update: Eight countries removed from red list after Shapps update

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Travel rules update: Eight countries removed from red list after Shapps update

Families with October half term holidays booked in Turkey have been given good news as the destination is off the red list. The changes will take e

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Families with October half term holidays booked in Turkey have been given good news as the destination is off the red list. The changes will take effect from September 22 at 4am.

Egypt, Kenya, Oman, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are also off the red list, making travel simpler for those destinations.

Traffic light rules were heavily criticised for being overly complicated and confusing for British tourists.

Double vaccinated passengers will no longer have to take a pre-departure test from October 4.

Later on in October, double-jabbed passengers will no longer have to take a PCR post arrival test and can instead take a lateral flow. The date for that has not yet been announced. 

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British tourists looking for winter sun can now book a holiday in Turkey without having to face hotel quarantine.

Estelle Giraudeau, Managing Director, UK & Northern Europe at Club Med told Express.co.uk: “Google search data for ‘when will Turkey be removed from the red list’ has increased by 200 percent in the past seven days.

“Turkey is an incredibly popular destination offering the perfect option for some late summer sun.”

The amber and green list system has also been scrapped, with countries now split into two categories ‘Red’ and ‘Rest of World’. All countries not on the Government red list will be considered ‘Rest of World’. 

Travel experts have welcomed the easing of restrictions and the simplification of the current system. 

Gary Lewis, CEO of the Travel Network Group, told Express.co.uk: “The simplification of the traffic light system and scrapping of costly PCR testing for fully vaccinated travellers is welcome news for the travel sector and will hopefully have a positive impact on future bookings. However, this news comes too late for many businesses.” 

Alan French, CEO of Thomas Cook, said: “The news today is a shot in the arm for both the travel industry and families up and down the country who are crying out for some much-needed late summer sun. Based on our bookings already today, I would expect this weekend to be the biggest of the year so far as people take advantage of the great deals on offer, the new easier rules on testing and the simplified system for international travel.” 

Bayram Annakov, founder and CEO of App In The Air, told Express.co.uk: “The simplification of the system is very welcome, because the uncertainty around which destinations were remaining accessible for travel has been holding back the British public from booking since its inception.” 



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