The seven countries to remain on England's red travel list

By Saffron Otter

Just seven countries will remain on England's red list from next Monday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced.

As of 4am on October 11, a total of 47 countries including South Africa, Mexico and Thailand will be removed from England’s red list to join the 'rest of world' list.

Travellers arriving from those destinations will no longer need to spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel.

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Mr Shapps said: “With half-term and winter sun around the corner, we’re making it easier for families and loved ones to reunite by significantly cutting the number of destinations on the red list, thanks in part to the increased vaccination efforts around the globe.

“Restoring people’s confidence in travel is key to rebuilding our economy and levelling up this country. With less restrictions and more people travelling, we can all continue to move safely forward together along our pathway to recovery.”

Mr Shapps also announced on Thursday that the government would recognise vaccines for arrivals from a further 37 countries and territories including Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey.

The decision means fully vaccinated people entering England from these locations will be exempt from quarantine, the pre-departure test and the day-eight post-arrival test.

Red list

England's new rest list from 4am Monday, October 11:

Colombia

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Haiti

Panama

Peru

Venezuela

47 countries will join the rest of world list from Monday (PA)

Red list rules

If you have been in or travelled through a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you either:

  • are a British or Irish National
  • have residence rights in the UK

Before you travel to England from a red list country you must:

  • take a Covid-19 test – you must take the test in the three days before you travel to England
  • book a quarantine hotel package, including two coronavirus tests
  • complete a passenger locator form

You must do this even if you are fully vaccinated.

When you arrive in England you must quarantine in a managed hotel, and take two Covid tests.

You must do this even if you are fully vaccinated.

Health 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 two of arrival, as long as they provide proof of use.”

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