Ryanair, Jet2, easyJet, Tui: update as major changes to travel rules are expected to take effect on Monday
It has been a very difficult 18 month period for the travel industry, with ever-changing traffic light rules and grueling pre- and post-departure testing in place.
However, that is expected to change tomorrow (October 4), when the UK opens up more and the rules relax.
The easing of restrictions will allow the vast majority of people to travel more freely with fewer hoops to go through when arriving in Britain.
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Starting tomorrow, the Amber and Green Lists are expected to be removed along with their quarantine requirements, leaving a single Red List instead, with just 50 countries banned.
If a country is on the red list, it indicates that Covid cases are high, so anyone traveling to these places should still self-quarantine for 10 days upon returning to England.
However, those traveling from any other country that is not listed as red will be able to skip quarantine altogether, making it easier to get around.
Those rules will go into effect at 4 a.m. on Monday, October 4, with other rules expected to come into effect at the end of the month as well.
From the end of October, those who are fully vaccinated returning from any country not listed as red will be able to replace day 2 PCR tests with the cheaper alternatives – lateral flow tests – and they will also be able to say goodbye to pre-testing. -departure.
On September 22, eight other countries were removed from the red list: Turkey, Pakistan, Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya.
All travelers returning from a Red List country will need to continue to take a pre-departure test and repeat it on Days 2 and 8 after returning to England.
They must also self-quarantine at a government-approved hotel for a total of 11 nights and will not be able to take any Covid tests to shorten that time frame.
Thanks to the new testing system, travel will become much more affordable, as people will no longer need to purchase the expensive PCR tests. The new testing system is expected to go into effect in time for the October semester, paving the way for travel for those who may have missed this summer.
People wishing to take advantage of the new rules and travel must be fully vaccinated, with both doses from a government-recognized manufacturer and a recognized nation.
The list of recognized countries extends to 17 countries and includes those that use jabs authorized by the European Medicines Agency, the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Swiss Immunization Program.
Anyone who tests positive will continue to self-isolate and have a PCR test to confirm these results at no additional cost. This is said to be genomically sequenced to help identify new variants.
Unvaccinated passengers traveling from countries not on the Red List should always have a pre-departure test and a PCR test again on days 2 and 8 when returning to England.
Passing a release test remains an option for those who wish to reduce the period of self-isolation.
The Welsh government has confirmed it will merge the green and orange travel lists into one and remove the requirement for pre-departure testing for fully vaccinated people.
Northern Ireland has yet to announce whether it will make any changes to travel rules.
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