New simplified travel system takes off

by | Oct 11, 2021

Last week the new travel system came into force with countries and territories categorised as either red or the rest of the world.

The new simplified travel system also means that eligible fully vaccinated passengers and eligible under-18s returning from over 50 countries and territories not on the red list, can do so without needing to complete a pre-departure test (PDT), a day 8 test or enter a 10-day self-isolation period, making it easier for those travelling – whether that’s to see friends and family, or on business trips.

The new rules also mean that eligible fully vaccinated passengers with an approved vaccine and recognised certificate from a country not on the red list will be able to replace their day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow test, reducing the cost of tests on arrival into England. The government aims to have this in place for when people return from half-term breaks.  Anyone testing positive will need to isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test.

See: Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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