When will the traffic light travel system end?
The UK Government's international travel traffic light system could be about to end.
Introduced as a method to halt the spread of Covid-19 streaming into Britain, it paired every country with a colour, either green, amber or red.
At present, if travellers are arriving from a nation on the green list, passengers do not have to self-isolate on return. A similar rule applies to those coming from an amber nation, however, those still waiting to receive their first or second doses of the vaccine have to self-isolate for 10 days.
If you are arriving from a red light country, you will face 10 full days in a managed quarantine hotel, if you don't comply with the regulations, you could face a fine of £10,000.
How does the traffic light system work?
The label of a country depends on a number of factors which include:
- The country's vaccination percentage
- Rate of infection
- Prevalence of variants
- Reliable case reporting
For instance, Turkey has a similar infection rate to amber listed Spain, but Turkey is on the red list due to UK Government worries it is not reporting its cases accurately.
When will the traffic light system end?
The traffic light system could come to an end later this month, with the Government looking to simplify to process.
Instead, it will focus on the vaccination status of travellers and scrap the green and amber labels.
The red light label will continue, however, with travellers still required to quarantine - The Telegraph reports.
A source told the newspaper: “It’s about whether you are vaccinated or not, rather than the country you are travelling to."
“What it means is that green and amber disappear and only vaccination status will count for where you travel. For a vaccinated person, just as now all countries apart from red are ‘green’."
The travel industry is demanding the removal of barriers that are stopping the sector from recovering, one of which is testing on your return to the UK.
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