Important Covid travel moves planned for October 1 – what we know ahead of changes

The UK’s controversial travel traffic light system could soon be banished to be replaced by a much simpler option.

Green, amber and red list categories may be abolished in favour of a scheme based on a traveller’s vaccination status rather than the perceived risk level of the country they have visited.

These changes could come into force as soon as October 1 as part of a Government promise to review the traffic light system made when it was first introduced back in May.

Any changes should be implemented in time for the winter holiday season and the all-important festive breaks.

What we know about changes?

Any changes will be based purely on vaccination status rather than a combination of factors, including infection rates and testing capabilities, of each destination

The system of branding each destination as green, amber and red has become a major issue with travel and more obsolete as vaccinations levels increase.

Possible red list quarantine changes

Some experts claim the travel list could be abolished completely but the high-risk red list will most likely still remain to guard against new variants.

Anyone arriving in the UK from a red list nation may be allowed to isolate at a designated approved address rather than an expensive hotel. Currently, passengers arriving in this country are forced to spend at least 11 nights in a specially-designated hotel costing at least £2,285.

Costly travel tests ‘face axe’

Anyone returning home from green and amber list countries must take a PCR test two days after arriving back in the UK which can add hundreds of pounds to the price of a holiday.

But the UK Government is believed to be considering axing the tests – which cost more than £70 on average – for double-jabbed travellers.

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Some sources report the tests for green and amber list countries will likely be scrapped, but people who have not yet been fully vaccinated will still have to take them.

Under current rules, fully-vaccinated travellers need one PCR test within two days of arriving in the UK from amber and green countries, with no need to self-isolate.

Those who have not been double-jabbed need to isolate for ten days and must take one test when arriving from a green country and two from amber destinations.

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