Ryanair, Jet2, easyJet, Tui: everything you need to know about the new travel rules from October
Your dreams of a vacation in the sun this year might be within your grasp after yesterday (September 17th) Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps introduced a “simpler” travel system.
There will no longer be a complete traffic light system, the amber and green lists will be removed, leaving only the red list and the “rest of the world”.
Double-bitten vacationers from the rest of the world will no longer have to take two tests. Instead, you’ll need to do a test – initially a PCR, but later a cheaper lateral flow test.
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In addition, eight countries will be moving from the red list to the rest of the world, so good news if you’re after a vacation in Turkey or the Maldives.
The new rules will remain in place from at least October 4 until the new year.
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What current rules are being removed?
Currently, England has divided foreign countries into Red, Orange, and Green lists with separate rules for each. Travel to the UK from Red List countries is prohibited, unless you are a UK or Irish national or have UK residence rights.
If you are entering the UK from a Red List country, you must spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £ 2,285 per adult. Amber List countries have two sets of rules – one set for people who have been vaccinated and another for people who have not been vaccinated.
Double-vaccinated people entering the UK from Amber List countries must pay for a PCR test or lateral flow test before their flight, and a PCR test within two days of landing. They don’t have to isolate themselves.
Unvaccinated people entering the UK from Amber List countries must pay for a PCR test or lateral flow test before their flight, and two PCR tests – one on day 2 and another on day 8. They must also quarantine at home for 10 days.
Green List countries have the same rules as for vaccinated people returning from Amber List countries.
So if you are entering the UK from a Green List country, you don’t have to self-isolate but you have to pass two tests – one before your flight and one after.
From now on, the rules will be simplified, there will simply be a list of “to do” and “not to allow” countries.
More PCR tests for vaccinees from the end of October
From the end of October, the testing rules will change for double-bite travelers from the rest of the world.
From October 4, vaccinated travelers will no longer have to take pre-departure tests within 72 hours of their return flight.
From the later date of October, they will still have to take a Day 2 test – but this will be allowed to be a much cheaper lateral flow test, rather than an expensive benchmark PCR.
Do I have to pay for the lateral flow test?
Yes, vaccinated travelers returning from Green List countries will be able to get cheaper lateral flow tests, instead of a baseline PCR on Day 2, from the end of October.
But despite the side flows available in the millions from pharmacies and the NHS, holidaymakers will still have to pay.
Free NHS tests will not be accepted, so travelers will have to pay around £ 30 for each lateral flow kit, according to reports.
We are awaiting confirmation of details from the government.
What if I am not vaccinated?
Unvaccinated adults from the rest of the world will need to isolate themselves at home for up to 10 days.
Green list rules that allowed people to travel using negative tests have been removed and now anyone who isn’t fully bitten must self-quarantine at home.
Unvaccinated arrivals must take a Covid test on or after day 2 and day 8 during this time.
Could the restrictions come back?
Boris Johnson spokesman declined to rule out the possibility that some restrictions will revert to travel later in the winter, if Covid increases, as reported by The Mirror.
He replied, “As a responsible government, we will take the necessary steps to protect public health. “
However, he added: “We are well positioned to take further action on easing travel restrictions and indeed we continue to have one of the most open economies and societies in Europe and the G7. . “
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