Covid travel rules to change next month as 'traffic light system scrapped'

By Sophie Law & Aletha Adu

A new coronavirus travel scheme is set to be announced by October 1 with huge changes to the traffic light system.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced the red, amber and green lists will undergo a major review - and PCR tests could be scrapped altogether.

Under possible changes, the number of red countries could be dramatically reduced and a simplified new tier system could be introduced for holidaymakers and travellers.

Scotland has followed the UK's lead when it comes to international travel and will likely enforce the same rules when they are announced next month.

Speaking in the Commons on Tuesday, Mr Javid said the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will announce more details of this, which will come before the next Global Travel Taskforce review on October 1, The Mirror reports.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said changes to travel could be made (ITV)

He said the UK has had "strong defences at the border" and "we have already relaxed the rules for fully vaccinated travellers".

"We will be providing a new framework for international travel. The Transport Secretary will be announcing details ahead of review point on October 1," he said.

Speaking about the possibility of scraping PCR tests, he added: "We are looking to make changes very soon. The Transport Secretary is making changes to those rules as soon as he possible can."

Currently, holidaymakers returning from red list countries to the UK must stay in a Government-backed quarantine hotel for 10 days.

Fully vaccinated UK travellers coming from amber list countries will need to take a Covid test before arriving in the UK and again on their second day in the country.

The rules are the same for double-jabbed returning from green list destinations. They must also fill in a passenger locator form.

Non-vaccinated people returning from amber list countries must quarantine at home for 10 days and take PCR tests on day 2 and day 8.

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