Travel to UK: Remaining Red List Countries Should Be Removed
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The UK plans to remove the seven countries remaining on its “red” travel list from November 1.
This follows the UK’s introduction of a new system for international travel earlier this month, in which testing requirements were relaxed for many fully vaccinated travelers and destinations were designated ‘red’ or “green”.
While there will soon be no country on the UK’s red list, Transport Minister Grant Shapps, who broke the news on Twitter, said the list will remain “as a precautionary measure to protect public health” and that destinations could still be added to the red list if necessary.
All arrivals to the UK, regardless of their country of origin or vaccination status, must complete a passenger locator form before arriving in the UK.
Most fully vaccinated travelers to the UK from Green List countries no longer need a negative test before departure. This rule also applies to travelers under the age of 18.
All travelers from Green List countries to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland must book and pay for a two-day test.
In England, vaccinated travelers and most travelers under the age of 18 can now opt for the cheaper side-flow option as a second-day test.
The free NHS lateral flow tests should not be used, travelers should order the tests from private test providers, with a list of applicable providers available here. Travelers should upload a photo of their test and booking reference to verify their result.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland still require all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, to take a PCR test on the second day. However, Wales and Scotland are expected to introduce day two side streams from October 31.
The Northern Irish government has yet to make an announcement on this.
Unvaccinated travelers arriving in the UK from Green List countries must always present a negative pre-departure test (performed within 72 hours of departure) and must book and pay for a second and eighth PCR test day.
Unvaccinated Green List travelers must also self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the UK, either at their home or at the accommodation concerned.
Unvaccinated travelers quarantined in England can end the quarantine earlier through the Test to Release program. Test to Release does not apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Other countries are expected to be added to this list on November 1, including Peru and Uganda.
Any destination not on the red list is considered green, but some green destinations do not currently allow non-essential travel from the UK.
Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela will remain on the UK’s red list until November 1.
Until then, unless you are a resident of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland – or a British or Irish national – entering the UK from one of these countries you will be refused.
UK residents and UK and Irish nationals returning home from Red List destinations are to undergo a 10-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Reservations must be made through this online portal. The charge for a single adult occupying a room for 10 days is £ 2,285.
UK Quarantine Hotels are located in England and Scotland, so if you are arriving in the UK from a Red List country and your final destination is Wales or Northern Ireland , you will need to book a quarantine hotel in England or Scotland.
Redlisted arrivals avoiding quarantine face heavy fines.
As the UK is set to remove the remaining seven Red List countries from the list on November 1, the Red List is expected to remain as a “precautionary measure”.
Red list countries (until November 1)
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