New covid travel rules, no PCR test and an overhaul of the travel traffic light system have been simplified in England with a single red list, and no PCR test for fully vaccinated, from 4 October.
As well as Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya are also being removed from the red list. They will come off the red list at 4 am on 22nd September.
The transport secretary said the new travel rules would remain in place “at least until the new year”.
Covid travel rules; No PCR test & No Amber list
It means people returning from places such as Turkey and Pakistan will no longer have to stay in a 10 mandatory hotel quarantine.
For fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to have negative covid tests for those returning to England.
Under the new testing regime, people who have had both jabs will not need to take a pre-departure test before leaving any country, not on the red list.
And Mr Shapps said later in October, they would be able to replace the day two PCR test with a cheaper, rapid lateral flow test.
While travel is a devolved matter, the Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish governments have often followed the UK government’s rules during the pandemic. Wales said it would “carefully consider” the proposed changes.