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Red travel list to shrink to seven destinations from next week as hotel quarantine will be axed for many


From 4am on Monday 11 October, 47 destinations will be removed from the red list, which means travellers to England and Wales from these countries and territories will no longer be required to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine – which sets back a single traveller £2,285.

The seven destinations that will remain on the red list are as follows:

  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Haiti
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Venezuela

Travellers from these destinations will still be required to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine – whether vaccinated or not – and they must also continue to undertake a pre-departure test and post-arrival day two and day eight PCR tests. See our Coronavirus travel rights for a full breakdown of the rules and see our Cheap tests guide for the best prices on PCR and lateral flow tests.

The list of approved vaccination programmes will also be extended

It has also been announced that a further 32 destinations will be added to the list of approved foreign vaccination programmes for those travelling to England and Wales. This means travellers arriving from these destinations who’ve been jabbed will soon be treated as’fully vaccinated’ , allowing them to avoid pre-departure tests, self-isolation for 10 days on arrival, and taking day two and day eight post-arrival tests.

The following destinations’ vaccination programmes will be recognised from 4am on Monday 11 October:

  • Albania
  • The Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • Maldives
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Vietnam

It’s unclear yet if the Northern Irish and Scottish Governments will follow suit on the above changes, but they’ve so far followed the same updates when it comes to destinations on the red list and to destinations on the approved vaccination list.





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