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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps described the latest changes to the red list as the UK being ‘open for good’. As well as cutting 47 destinations from the UK’s red list, Mr Shapps has made entry to the UK easier for vaccinated travellers from 37 countries including Brazil, Hong Kong and Turkey.
Taking to Twitter this afternoon, Mr Shapps announced updates to the UK’s travel and entry requirements that will make travelling easier for many globetrotters.
Mr Shapps tweeted: “UPDATE: From Monday (11th Oct) I’ll be cutting 47 destinations from our red list – including South Africa, with just 7 countries and territories remaining – all others will be included in the “rest of world” category.
“I’m also making changes so travellers visiting England have fewer entry requirements, by recognising those with fully-vax status from 37 new countries and territories including India, Turkey and Ghana, treating them the same as UK fully vax passengers.
“The measures announced today mark the next step as we continue to open up travel and provide stability for passengers and industry while remaining on track to keep travel open for good.”
Not only are UK travellers able to travel more widely than they have done for the last 18 months, but the UK will be opening its doors to more vaccinated travellers.
Following Mr Shapps’ announcement, the Department for Transport said: “From 4am Monday 11 October, eligible travellers vaccinated in over 37 new countries and territories including Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey, will also be treated the same as returning fully vaccinated UK residents, so long as they have not visited a red list country or territory in the 10 days before arriving in England.”
What vaccines are approved by the UK Government?
According to the Gov.uk website, the following vaccines are approved for entering England, as long as you have been fully vaccinated (e.g. if the vaccine has two doses, you are double jabbed) at least fourteen days before entering the UK:
- Pfizer BioNTech
You must be able to provide approved proof of your vaccination status. These include an EU Digital Covid Certificate, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination card for US residents or a vaccine certificate from a national or state-level public health authority.
Even if you are fully vaccinated, if you enter the UK from a red list country or territory you have to follow the red list rules and quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days.
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What is the full list of 37 countries who have been added to the approved proof of vaccination list?
The countries joining the list on October 11, 2021 are as follows:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
St Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent and the Grenadines
These countries join the 68 countries who already have approved proof of vaccination to enter the UK. For the full list of countries, and the accepted proof of vaccines for each one, see here.
What are the rest of the latest travel updates?
Tonight, Mr Shapps announced the UK’s red list was being slashed to just seven countries.
The seven countries that will remain on the UK’s red list for travel after the 11 October, 2021, are:
Fully-vaccinated travellers can come to the UK from anywhere else in the world (provided they have the appropriate proof of vaccine) and not have to stay in a managed quarantine hotel.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our robust border measures have helped protect the phenomenal progress of our vaccination programme, and it is because of this success both here and around the world that we can safely open up travel further and we can visit friends and family abroad.
“We’re now making it easier and cheaper for people to travel by allowing fully vaccinated travellers from non-red list countries to use lateral flow tests on day 2 of arrival, as long as they provide proof of use.”
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