UK removes final 7 countries from travel red list

Posted: 1 November 2021 1:27 pm
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No countries remain on the red list: hotel quarantine lifted for travellers arriving from Colombia, Peru and more.

The UK government updated its travel rules at 4am today to remove the 7 countries that remained on its red list.

Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela were the last countries on the list – now there are no restricted countries or territories for travellers arriving in the UK.

The rule change applies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. However, the red list still exists – countries can be added back in at short notice.

Removing the 7 countries will save travellers thousands of pounds in hotel and COVID test costs. Red list rules mean anyone arriving in the UK from a country on the list must quarantine for 11 nights in a specialist hotel and take at least 2 PCR tests, all paid for privately.

The quarantine bill comes to a hefty £2,285 for the lead adult, plus a further £1,430 for another adult or child over 11, with an additional fee of £325 for children aged 5 to 11.

Now, the only mandatory test for vaccinated travellers is the day 2 test after arrival.

The quarantine policy was introduced in February 2021 to tackle the spread of COVID.

France’s new test for Eurostar users

The red list changes apply to those arriving in the UK. But countries you travel to have their own requirements for visitors.

France has now introduced a requirement for those arriving from the UK by Eurostar: if you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll now have to take a COVID test on arrival at Gare du Nord. If you test positive, you’ll have to isolate for 10 days.

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