Reports suggest that the Government’s traffic light travel system may be scrapped from October, and as a result officials are set to introduce a new system, with green and amber lists axed, according to The Telegraph .
The current format sees countries placed in one of five categories, with red, amber or green the most common.
Anyone returning from a green list destination doesn’t need to quarantine when they get back, although they will need to take a Covid-19 test before departure, book a test for day two after they return and complete a passenger locator form.
For countries on the amber list, anyone who is fully-vaccinated doesn’t have to self-isolate either, Herts Live reports.
But anyone returning home from red-list countries – those which are seen to present the highest coronavirus risk – have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.
Countries on “green watchlist” have quarantine-free status but could be changed at short notice.
Ireland has been in a “super green” category of its own throughout the pandemic.
What will the new system be?
Under the new plan, the red list will continue, and travellers will still have to quarantine on return from the most high-risk destinations.
The requirement for a PCR test on arrival in the UK for fully vaccinated travellers could also be dropped, according to The Independent.
However, the House of Lords’ health minister, Lord Bethell, recently indicated that post-arrival testing was a long-term plan.
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The new travel rules are understood to be centred on vaccination status rather than the coronavirus ratings of the destination.
Next week, the next three-weekly traffic light review is expected to be announced, and it could see some popular hotspots change category.
But this is likely to be the last update of this kind.
That’s because a ‘checkpoint’ date of October 1, when the government has said it will evaluate the system, is due to still go ahead.
The changes aren’t likely to make a difference to fully-jabbed travellers.
Some senior figures within the airline industry are calling for the pre-departure test to be scrapped for vaccinated arrivals from lower risk locations.
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