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Please note: The information in this article applies to UK travellers, and is up to date as of 2:00pm on 8 October.
Grant Shapps has announced the UK's red list has been significantly reduced. From Monday 11 October, 47 countries will be removed from the red list, including South Africa, Costa Rica, Brazil and Mexico. The seven countries remaining with the travel ban are Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama and Venezuela.
From Monday 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers will not need a pre-departure test before arrival into England from a non-red list country. Later on in the month, the day two tests will be scrapped and replaced with a cheaper lateral flow tests.
Also from Monday 4 October, a single red list replaced the previous traffic-light system for the UK, simplifying the rules for the rest of the world.
We have colour-coded the red-listed countries in red below. Anyone entering the UK from a red list country, regardless of their vaccination status, will need to take a pre-departure test three days before coming to England, book a quarantine hotel package which included two covid tests, quarantine for 10 days, and complete a passenger locator form.
While we do our best to keep abreast of developments do always double-check official sources before making travel arrangements.
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