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Julie Delahaye

Latest UK travel rules after red list ditched including Covid tests and self-isolating

The UK's red list has once again been left empty after 11 countries were removed from it at 4am from December 15 in a move that paves the way for Brits hoping to escape for some winter sun, although there are still key factors to consider when booking a holiday during Omicron.

Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe have all been taken off the red list.

This means that currently anyone returning to the UK from abroad will not be required to stay in a quarantine hotel, with costs of up to £2,285 for adults.

It's worth noting that this isn't the first time that the red list has been ditched - in November it was left empty only for countries to be added again amidst the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Although Brits won't need to face a quarantine hotel stay for now, there are still plenty of travel rules in place for anyone returning to the UK from abroad.

In fact, under the latest Covid travel rules, anyone arriving into the UK will be required to take a pre-departure Covid test - PCR or lateral flow - within 48 hours before departure.

Once you arrive in the UK, the rules on tests and self-isolation depend on your vaccination status.

There are no countries left on the red list at the moment (Getty Images)

If you're fully vaccinated against Covid (aka two doses of an approved jab), you'll need to self-isolate at home for the first two days, and take a PCR test on day two. A negative result will release you from your self-isolation.

If you're unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you'll need to self-isolate at home for 10 days, taking PCR tests on days two and eight.

Travellers will need to pay for the PCR tests themselves, although there are a lot of travel firms offering discounted PCR tests including the likes of TUI, easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair and British Airways.

Travel rules can change quickly during the pandemic, so you should always check the latest Foreign Office advice for a destination before booking or going on a trip as this will include any updates for entry requirements and other Covid rules you'll need to be aware of.

Following the Omicron outbreak, a number of countries have already tightened up their entry rules.

For example France has introduced new Covid test requirements for Brits, while Spain changed its entry requirements meaning that UK arrivals now need to be fully vaccinated if they want to visit for holidays.

Other popular holiday spots such as Greece, Turkey and Cyprus remain open to tourists with their existing restrictions - we've rounded up their travel rules here.

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