October 23, 2021

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Corona virus: Britain simplifies rules for international travel

Currently, there are three colors of traffic light, depending on the size of the corona virus that spreads in the country, changing the color to red, yellow and green, changing the status quo from October 4th.

The British government on Friday announced a major easing of rules for international travel, responding to bookings from travelers and companies, saying measures to prevent the spread of the corona virus were complex and ineffective. This was reported by AB.

Transport Minister Grant Shops said the “simple and straightforward system” would allow more people to “travel, see their loved ones or do business around the world” while promoting tourism.

Currently, there are three colors of traffic light, depending on the size of the corona virus that spreads in the country, changing the color to red, yellow and green, changing the status quo from October 4th. Dozens of countries with high levels of corona virus are classified as red and the rest as open countries. The first eight countries will be removed from the red list on Wednesday: Turkey, Pakistan, Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya.

From October 4, fully vaccinated travelers to the UK will no longer be required to undergo a corona virus PCR test before leaving a red-listed country. Although they still need to be tested 2 days after arriving in the UK, the PCR test can be replaced by a cheaper speed test from the end of October.

Unvaccinated travelers must remain in isolation for 10 days upon arrival in the UK and be tested for corona virus before and after travel.

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In support of tourism, Britain says it has approved vaccines in 17 countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea. Previously, it only approved vaccines issued in the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.

Since Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have set their own rules, the changes so far only apply to the UK.