The United Kingdom on Friday announced that starting 01st Nov 2021, Monday it will ease the travel restrictions and remove all countries from the Covid-19 travel ban ‘Red List’.
It is worth mentioning that currently, a total of seven countries viz. Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela are on the UK’s red list for Covid-19 travel.
However, this will be reviewed every three weeks and the UK Govt will revise the red list in case of emerging Covid-19 variant threats.
“From 4am on Monday, the remaining seven destinations on the UK’s COVID-19 travel ban red list – Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela – will be removed.”Advertisement
Grant Shapps Explains Changes to Covid-19 Travel Red List
“All seven remaining countries on the red list will be REMOVED from Mon 1 Nov at 4 am,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in a tweet.
UPDATE: All seven remaining countries on the red list will be REMOVED from Mon 1 Nov at 4am ❌— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) October 28, 2021
He further added that “We can also confirm that from Monday, eligible travelers from over 30 new countries and territories with meridians including Peru & Uganda will be added to our inbound vax policy, bringing the total number of countries on this list to over 135,”
“We will keep the red list category in place as a precautionary measure to protect public health and are prepared to add countries and territories back if needed, as the UK’s first line of defense.”
Department for Transport (DfT) Commented;
The Department for Transport (DfT) said that Delta is now the dominant COVID variant in most countries around the world, which means the risk of known variants entering the UK has been reduced.
“This is another step in the right direction for international travel with more good news today for passengers, businesses, and the travel sector,” said UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
“Whether it’s reuniting family members or making it easier for businesses to trade, the success of the vaccine rollout both at home and abroad has allowed us to reach this milestone. However, we must not be complacent and remain ready to spring into action and defend our hard-won gains if needed,” he said.
UK Eases Travel Restrictions For Indians
The travel regulations between India and the UK for fully vaccinated passengers had been eased earlier this month.
The UK has also ended the mandatory 10 days quarantine for Indian travelers who are fully vaccinated with Covishield or any other coronavirus vaccine approved by the UK Govt.
Apart from India, fully vaccinated travelers from Brazil, Hong Kong, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey are now also exempt from the mandatory quarantine and testing requirements.