Heathrow and Gatwick: all travel rule changes will happen tomorrow, from streamlined lists to relaxed testing
The traffic light system that has guided international travel during much of the pandemic will soon face major changes as a new system takes effect.
From October 4, the travel system that we have known for many months will be simplified and some requirements will be removed.
Rather than grouping the countries into three different categories of red, orange and green, there will only be two categories of red list and the rest of the world.
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When the lists are simplified, eight destinations will be removed from the red list, including Turkey and Pakistan.
The rules and requirements for those entering England from a red country will remain the same, and passengers will be required to self-quarantine at a government-designated hotel at their own expense.
Rules for fully vaccinated travelers returning from non-Red List countries will be simplified so they no longer have to take a pre-departure test.
From the end of October, they will also be able to replace day two PCR tests with cheaper lateral flow tests.
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Starting October 4, the government will also welcome fully vaccinated travelers from 17 other countries and territories, including Japan and Singapore.
On September 17, when the changes were announced, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said, “Today’s changes mean a simpler and more straightforward system.
“A solution with less testing and lower costs, enabling more people to travel, see loved ones or do business around the world while boosting the travel industry.
“Public health has always been at the heart of our international travel policy and with more than 8 out of 10 adults vaccinated in the UK we are now able to introduce a proportional updated structure that reflects the new landscape. “
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