SUN-STARVED Britons can celebrate after being told NO countries will be redlisted again unless a new variant more dangerous than Omicron emerges.
Government is set to overhaul of chaotic travel measures advocates a “more targeted and sophisticated global surveillance system”.
That means holidaymakers can say goodbye to costly hotel quarantines and extended unplanned stays abroad, while giving the tourism industry a much-needed boost. .
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today announced plans to remove the red list and “covering border measures” unless there are other issues related to Covid mutated surfaces.
Holiday-hungry Britons will be able to book trips without shelling out a whopping £2,285 in quarantine when they return.
Last year, thousands of visitors continuously stuck in red list countries when quarantine hotels reach capacity.
The last-minute measures have crippled the tourism industry as Remain Britons fear major financial headaches if they hide from the sun.
But Mr Shapps now said the red list would only be reinstated if there was “a worrying variant that poses a significant risk, one even larger than Omicron”.
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He told the House of Commons that the UK Health Security Agency would continue to monitor Covid infections abroad.
Instead, the Government will create a “toolbox full of contingencies” to prepare for future spikes.
It comes after it was revealed a new strain of Covid known as “Omicron’s sister” is being investigated by UK health chiefs.
Travel bosses have welcomed the change that will allow customers to “book with confidence”, as all Covid tests on the plane twice have also been cancelled.
From 4am on 11 February, fully vaccinated passengers arriving in the UK will no longer have to take a stream test after arrival.
The Transport Secretary continued: “That means that after months of pre-departure checks, post-arrival checks, self-isolation and additional costs, all that fully vaccinated people will must do when they arrive in the UK is to verify their status through the Passenger Locator form.
“As a result, we are eliminating all travel tests for people who are vaccinated, not only making travel much easier, but also saving around £100 per family on visits. in another country.”
Mr Shapps has been leading the drive to waive all tests for people arriving in the UK as part of a bid to finally return to normal travel.
It will help families save much-needed cash knowing they don’t need to splurge on flow tests later when they return.
Unvaccinated Britons will have to take pre-departure tests and post-arrival PCR tests, but will no longer need to be isolated or have another test on day eight.
In a double for midterm breaks, 12 to 15 year olds will be able to Download digital proof of vaccination, Mr. Shapps confirmed.
It comes later family complains they were forced to cancel their holiday because of “restrictive Covid-19 passport rules for children abroad.
British Airways boss Sean Doyle praised the news, saying: “Today’s announcement provides a welcome boost to the UK tourism industry and economy.
“Finally, fully immunized customers can start booking with confidence whether they’re on business, on vacation, or reunited with friends and family, without the added burden of costly and lost costs. time of the test.
“It sends a clear message to the rest of the world that global Britain is back in business.”
The The UK has lifted some travel restrictions, including pre-departure tests.
Being “fully implemented” will soon mean having all three – but this isn’t expected to happen until later this year.
“If you want to travel this year, don’t leave it too late to get a booster shot,” says Shapps.
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