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UK Travel Update: New Countries On The Green List
On 4 August, the British government announced the latest round of changes to the traffic light system.
Several EU countries have been added to the UK’s green list.
This means people travelling to England from these countries will not need to self-isolate, even if they haven’t been vaccinated.
Travellers from Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway will not need to be quarantined regardless of vaccination status as long as they tested negative from Covid before and after they travel.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he wanted a “balanced” approach to international travel.
“how important holidays are to people. People think about them, they save up for them, people yearn to go abroad this year, I totally get that, We’ve got to balance that against the need to protect our country against the influx of new variants.”
UK’s Traffic Light System for Travel
The UK’s traffic light travel system has been a staple for overseas travel since it was first launched back in May.
Despite a slow start, it has since been revisited and revised several times, with the latest update featuring a wide range of different types of vacation destinations that British travellers can take advantage of.
UK’s Transport Secretary, Grant Schapps, revealed on Twitter the new changes on the green list.
From 08 August, travellers from these countries will not self isolate regardless of vaccination status if they tested negative for the virus before and within 2 days of arriving in England.
green list countries from 08 august
* British Antarctic Territory
* Antigua and Barbuda
* British Indian Ocean Territory
Changes on the Amber and Red List
Several countries will also make the switch from the red list to the amber list.
Fully vaccinated travellers from amber countries with an approved UK vaccine do not need to quarantine upon arrival in the UK unless they tested positive for the virus.
India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will move on to the amber list,
whilst heading in the opposite direction to the red list will be Georgia, Mexico, La Reunion and Mayotte due to the prevalence of variants of concern in these countries.
Despite speculation that restrictions on Spain would be tightened, it will stay on the amber list.
The UK has also backtracked on some restrictions it had placed on France.
Previously, it was decided that fully vaccinated travellers returning from France would need to be isolated.
This has now been reversed effective 08 August 2021.
To know the latest update on the traffic light system, check out the official UK government website.
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