Yesterday, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the international travel traffic light system is being simplified in England with a single red list, as part of an overhaul of the rules from 4 October. He also said eight countries would be taken off the red list from Wednesday.
PCR tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers returning to England. Under the new testing regime, people who have had both jabs will not need to take a pre-departure test before leaving any country not on the red list. Later in October, the day two PCR test will be replaced with a cheaper, rapid lateral flow test. The transport secretary said the new travel rules would remain in place “at least until the new year”. “The purpose is to make it easier to travel without the bureaucracy, without so many tests, and with a greater level of certainty now that we’ve got so many people vaccinated.”
Here in Wales, the First Minister said it would follow England in removing Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya from the red list. It would “carefully consider” the proposed changes on testing but said they are “not without risk”. Scotland said it would simplify its traffic light system but ruled out removing the requirement for PCR tests, due to “significant concerns at the impact on public health”. click full source.
So there we have it. International travel will become easier and cheaper, but it is unlikely we will be able to continue travelling until Jackie has her knee operation, which should have been today but was cancelled at short notice. This has been rescheduled for October 6th, but with covid hospitalisation rates going up in Wales, there is no guarantee that her surgery will go ahead. Fingers crossed.