UK lifts travel restrictions for 32 countries


The UK government has lifted its advice against non-essential travel to 32 countries and territories.

Bangladesh, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana and Malaysia are among the places where travel advice based on coronavirus risk has been relaxed, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has said.

The UK will stop advising Britons to avoid all but essential travel to countries not on the red list for reasons of Covid-19, except in “exceptional circumstances” such as if the local health system is overwhelmed , said the FCDO.

This will make it easier for people visiting these places to obtain travel insurance.

Before Wednesday’s changes, the FCDO was advising against non-essential travel to 117 countries and territories due to the virus.

The advisories are expected to be lifted for other locations in the coming days.

FCDO said the policy change followed “improved public health in many countries” and “reduced risk to British nationals” following the administration of vaccines.

There has also been a relaxation of government rules for travelers entering the UK, with the traffic light system being phased out on Monday.

Fully vaccinated residents – and unvaccinated under-18s – from more than 50 countries and territories can now arrive without taking a pre-departure lateral flow test, a PCR test on the eighth day after arrival, or having to attend. self-isolate.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: ‘These rule adjustments will make travel easier, support businesses and families across Britain – and allow more of us to see friends and loved ones with greater peace of mind.

“We strike the right balance between ensuring people’s safety, which remains our priority, and giving them the freedom to exercise their personal responsibility, while supporting the travel industry as it continues to recover. “

The full list of countries for which FCDO has relaxed its travel advice is: Algeria; Armenia; Bangladesh; Belarus; Benign; Comoros; Tokelau and Niue; Djibouti; Equatorial Guinea; Fiji; Gambia; Guinea; Kazakhstan; Kiribati; Kosovo; Liberia; Madagascar; Malaysia; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Nauru; Sao Tome and Principe ; Senegal; The Solomon Islands; Go; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu; Congolese; America Samoa; French Polynesia; and Ghanaian.

FCDO will continue to advise against all but essential travel for all Red List countries where the risk to UK citizens is deemed “unacceptably high”.

Meanwhile, the government is expected to announce Thursday that it will reduce the red list.

There are currently 54 countries on the list, including Mexico, Cuba, all of mainland South America, and southern and eastern Africa.

Anyone arriving in the UK from a Red Level location must spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel.

It costs £ 2,285 ($ 3,100) for solo travelers, making these trips too expensive for many people.

A decision on which countries will be removed from England’s red list is expected to be taken after a meeting of government ministers on Thursday.

The decentralized governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have set their own travel rules, but have recently mirrored announcements made at Westminster.

Paul Charles, managing director of travel consultancy The PC Agency, predicted that only a handful of “less visited areas” such as Afghanistan, Haiti and Somalia would remain on the red list, with “general measures on l ‘Africa and South America being abolished “.

He told the PA that this would be “a big step forward” because it meant the government would “finally move to a policy of individual risk”.

Updated: October 6, 2021, 18:56


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