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Red list update: 47 countries to be removed in dramatic travel reshuffle

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A complete of 47 international locations are set to be faraway from the UK’s pink listing for journey within the newest authorities replace, together with South Africa – leaving simply seven locations topic to Britain’s quarantine guidelines.

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The Division for Transport (DfT) introduced that dozens of locations, together with Argentina, Chile, Thailand and Mexico, could be bumped as much as the “remainder of world” listing, permitting vaccinated arrivals from these international locations to bypass quarantine.

It’s nice information for holidaymakers, and for individuals with households in these international locations, who beforehand confronted necessary – and costly – lodge quarantine packages.

The seven international locations that can stay on the pink listing are Colombia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

The adjustments are available in from 4am subsequent Monday, 11 October.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps tweeted: “From Monday (eleventh Oct) I’ll be chopping 47 locations from our pink listing – together with South Africa, with simply 7 international locations and territories remaining – all others might be included within the ‘remainder of world’ class.”

“The continued progress on vaccination, each at dwelling and all over the world, means authorities can confidently scale back the scale of the pink listing to deal with international locations which pose the very best danger, knowledgeable by UKHSA’s evaluation,” learn a press release from the Division for Transport.

At current, arrivals from red-list international locations face an 11-night lodge quarantine at their very own expense, costing 1000’s per particular person.

Shapps additionally introduced that the UK authorities would recognise the vaccines from 37 new international locations from subsequent Monday, which means that absolutely vaccinated individuals travelling from international locations corresponding to South Africa and Hong Kong might be handled the identical as absolutely vaccinated UK nationals on arrival.

“Additionally introduced at the moment, from 4am Monday 11 October, eligible travellers vaccinated in over 37 new international locations and territories, together with Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey, can even be handled the identical as returning absolutely vaccinated UK residents, as long as they haven’t visited a red-list nation or territory within the 10 days earlier than arriving in England,” reads the DfT assertion.

“The measures introduced at the moment mark the following step as we proceed to open up journey, and supply stability for passengers and trade, whereas remaining on monitor to maintain journey open for good,” tweeted Mr Shapps.

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