Journey guidelines and rules within the UK modified considerably from 4am on Monday 4 October.
In an effort to simplify journey guidelines, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps introduced final month that the present journey visitors mild system would get replaced by one purple listing and a “remainder of the world” (ROW) listing, an amalgamation of the earlier inexperienced and amber lists.
Nations thought-about to have the very best danger when it comes to an infection charges will stay on the purple listing, with arrivals from these international locations to the UK nonetheless needing to fork out for a keep in a government-approved quarantine lodge.
Whereas double-jabbed travellers journeying again to the UK from non-red listing international locations will not have to hold out a pre-departure (or “check to fly”) Covid check, they may nonetheless be required to ebook a PCR day two check to take inside the two days after arrival. To complicate issues additional, PCR exams are set to be phased out by the tip of October, which can enable travellers to ebook a less expensive lateral circulation check for the day two.
For those who haven’t had each doses of the vaccine, nevertheless, you may be required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in England and take two PCR exams on days two and eight (with the choice to “Check to Launch” on day 5) – whether or not you’re arriving from a purple listing nation or not. It is a change from earlier guidelines, the place unvaccinated travellers returning to the UK from inexperienced listing international locations weren’t required to dwelling quarantine – now they might want to.
However which international locations are on the hallowed “remainder of world” listing? Right here’s all the data it’s essential know.
Which international locations are on the “remainder of the world” listing?
All international locations that have been beforehand categorised as inexperienced or amber now comprise the “remainder of the world” listing.
With the purple listing about to be slashed to simply seven international locations after the most recent authorities replace on 7 October, it’s secure to imagine that something falling exterior of this may be discovered on the “remainder of the world” listing.
In Europe, this contains agency favourites equivalent to Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece (together with islands), Italy, Malta and Spain (together with the Canary and Balearic Islands).
Additional afield, Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, St Lucia and the USA are additionally included on the listing.
Some 47 international locations have been faraway from the purple listing on 7 October, making them new additions to the “remainder of the world” listing when the modifications come into impact at 4am on Monday 11 October. The one international locations left on the purple listing might be: Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Venezuela. Each different nation and territory might be on the ROW listing.
Can I journey to all international locations on the “remainder of the world” listing?
No. Lots of the international locations on the listing are closed to British arrivals or have restrictive quarantine guidelines in place.
New Zealand’s borders stay closed, for instance, whereas Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore all stay out-of-bounds for UK holidaymakers.
Throughout the Pacific, nevertheless, Canada introduced in September that it might be reopening to fully-vaccinated travellers.
The US can be set to observe swimsuit, with double-jabbed travellers set to be allowed entry from “early November”, though an actual date has but to be confirmed.
Will the lists be up to date as earlier than?
Revisions to each the purple and “remainder of world” lists ought to proceed to be introduced each three weeks, with the subsequent overview anticipated on or round 28 October, though modifications may occur extra quickly if the Covid scenario in a rustic modifications dramatically.
There’s often a grace interval of round 4 days between such an announcement and modifications being applied, prompting a scramble for flights again to the UK.