Travel UK news live: Latest updates as 47 countries set to leave red list, PCR test announcement to come before half term
Solely seven nations will stay on the UK’s journey crimson record from subsequent Monday.
A complete of 47 of the 54-strong record will probably be bumped as much as the “remainder of world” (ROW) record from 4am on Monday 11 October, together with Mexico, Thailand and the whole thing of Africa, the Division for Transport (DfT) introduced yesterday afternoon.
The nations left on the crimson record will probably be Colombia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
The Scottish authorities final night time confirmed that the adjustments had been agreed on a four-nation foundation, however its transport minister stated the nation “won’t hesitate to reintroduce restrictions” if the Covid state of affairs deteriorates.
Whereas Mr Shapps labelled the transfer a “main step ahead”, some within the journey trade have referred to as for better clarification on what new post-arrival testing necessities will appear to be when the change takes impact.
A UK authorities supply advised the BBC ministers have been aiming to switch the so-called “day two” PCR check on arrival with a less expensive lateral circulation check by the half-term break, which for a lot of faculties in England falls within the final week of October.
Mr Shapps advised Sky Information this morning that there will probably be an announcement on PCR testing for journey “within the coming days”, forward of half time period.
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Replace on PCR testing adjustments will are available in subsequent few days, says Shapps
The federal government will make one other announcement on the timeline for permitting lateral circulation testing within the subsequent few days, transport secretary Grant Shapps has advised Sky Information.
Talking this morning, Mr Shapps stated: “We need to get this completed for half time period for individuals.
“We anticipate having it prepared for the half time period, and what a distinction it should make for individuals.”
He emphasised that the choice to take a lateral circulation check after journey will make the method “a lot simpler, a lot cheaper as nicely”.
No particular date was given for an announcement, with the transport secretary saying it will be “within the coming days”.
Lucy Thackray8 October 2021 07:44
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Lucy Thackray8 October 2021 07:29
British Airways announce they’ll resume providers to winter solar
British Airways has stated that they’ll resume providers and improve frequencies to quite a lot of winter solar locations which were faraway from the crimson record.
The airline will improve its providers to Capetown and Johannesburg in South Africa; Mexico Metropolis and Cancun in Mexico; Sao Paulo in Brazil and Buenos Aires in Argentina.
The airline’s chief govt Sean Doyle stated the adjustments to the federal government’s crimson record, which can come into pressure from subsequent week, have been like “gentle on the finish of a really lengthy tunnel.”
He defined: “Britain will profit from this vital discount in crimson record nations and now it’s time to show our consideration to eradicating testing for fully-vaccinated travellers to make sure we don’t lose our place on the worldwide stage.”
In the meantime, Charlie Cornish, boss of Manchester Airports Group – the organisation which owns Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports – stated: “Eradicating so many nations from the crimson record offers individuals probably the most selection they’ve had since earlier than the pandemic, which can assist stimulate the restoration of the UK’s prized aviation sector.”
Eleanor Sly7 October 2021 21:34
Wales confirms it should implement Shapps’ journey adjustments
The Welsh authorities introduced this night that it too would implement new journey preparations introduced by transport secretary Grant Shapps.
Officers added that, though it was nervous in regards to the affect of journey on the virus in Wales, it was “not sensible to develop its personal border well being coverage in isolation from the opposite nations of the UK”.
A Welsh authorities assertion stated:
“We glance to the UK authorities to offer reassurances that it is going to be sustaining constant and sturdy surveillance techniques that may detect harmful variants early and that measures to calm down restrictions will be swiftly reversed ought to the worldwide place worsen.
“We’re involved in regards to the cumulative affect of the chance being carried in relation to opening up journey significantly from greater danger nations.
“This contains the novel discount within the variety of crimson record nations and the suggestion the UK authorities is considering significantly enjoyable the principles round quarantine from crimson record nations and introducing the use lateral circulation exams for returning travellers.
“All of those measures, when taken collectively significantly improve the chance new variant being launched into Wales and the UK.”
Sam Hancock7 October 2021 20:52
Which nations’ vaccines are recognised within the UK?
In mid-September, the UK authorities introduced main adjustments to the nation’s worldwide journey and well being guidelines – together with its plans to formally recognise quite a lot of vaccines from abroad nations.
Previous to late July, solely UK-administered vaccines have been formally recognised.
On 28 July, it was introduced that the vaccine standing of absolutely jabbed travellers from the US and European Union would even be recognised from 2 August onwards (offered that they had obtained two doses of the identical vaccine).
And within the newest replace, an additional 37 nations have been added to the authorised record, together with India, South Africa and Turkey.
So which nations’ vaccine certificates are actually recognised? Our deputy journey editor Lucy Thackray takes a glance.
Sam Hancock7 October 2021 20:27
Scotland ‘not afraid’ to revive Covid restrictions if crimson record cull backfires
Scotland’s transport minister has stated the nation “won’t hesitate to reintroduce restrictions” if the Covid state of affairs deteriorates, after it was introduced nations together with South Africa, Mexico and Thailand will probably be faraway from the crimson record.
Travellers arriving from these locations from 4am on Monday will not have to spend 11 nights in a quarantine resort at a price of £2,285 for solo travellers.
Simply seven nations will stay on the crimson record: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
The adjustments have been agreed on a four-nation foundation, stated the Scottish authorities, as UK transport secretary Grant Shapps introduced the identical adjustments for England. Scottish officers added particulars for the UK’s post-arrival testing regime have been being finalised – and that Scotland would align with it.
Scottish transport minister Graeme Dey stated:
“It’s necessary we proceed to train warning which is why a crimson record of nations will probably be retained, rigorously monitored and up to date following a evaluation at common intervals.
“If proof and circumstances change, we won’t hesitate to reintroduce restrictions to guard public well being in Scotland.
“However the steps we’re seeing now pave the best way for development within the journey and tourism sector who we’ve listened very rigorously to and engaged with broadly on all through this troublesome interval.”
Sam Hancock7 October 2021 19:59
Trade welcomes crimson record cull – however needs to know why ban dragged on
Following my put up earlier (7.13pm), right here’s our journey correspondent Simon Calder on what the trade thinks about ongoing crimson record restrictions – and why resort quarantine continues to be in impact.
Sam Hancock7 October 2021 19:47
‘Main step ahead’: Shapps praises journey replace
In case you missed it earlier, right here’s the clip of Grant Shapps asserting the change in journey recommendation.
“It’s a serious step ahead,” the transport secretary advised Sky Information earlier than warning issues “might change” ought to Covid worsen.
Sam Hancock7 October 2021 19:27
Trade bosses query why crimson record stays in any respect
Some knowledgeable commentary now.
Julia Simpson, CEO of the World Journey & Tourism Council (WTTC), stated:
“There is no such thing as a justification for a crimson record to stay within the UK. Different nations have realised that blanket nation measures are not wanted and as an alternative assess on particular person danger and whether or not travellers have been absolutely jabbed.
“Whereas that is nice information for nations akin to South Africa which have been severely impacted by its crimson record standing, welcoming all fully-vaccinated travellers, no matter nation of origin is essential to restarting secure worldwide journey.”
Sam Hancock7 October 2021 19:13
UK travellers will take a photograph to confirm their journey antigen exams – however no date given for PCR change
The federal government has introduced that UK travellers will confirm their day two lateral circulation exams by taking a photograph, as a part of as we speak’s journey guidelines replace.
However no date has been given for the change from PCR exams being required to lateral circulation exams being allowed.
From the earlier journey replace on 17 September, the change was understood to be occurring from “finish of October”.
Right now’s announcement confirmed a change “later this month”, saying: “passengers will be capable to ship an image of their lateral circulation check at the least requirement to confirm check outcome accuracy and maintain costs down as soon as Day 2 exams change to lateral circulation later this month, adopted by a free PCR if optimistic.”
Lucy Thackray7 October 2021 18:31