Britons can go on vacation to an increased number of destinations after the government drops travel recommendations.
The UK government has lifted its warning against non-essential travel to 32 countries and territories.
Bangladesh, Fiji and Ghana are among the areas the British can travel to now – and more locations are set to follow in the coming days.
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Malaysia is also among the locations for which travel advisories have been relaxed due to the coronavirus risk, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said.
The change means the UK will no longer advise the British to avoid all but essential travel to non-red list countries, which means it will be easier for people to get travel insurance for those countries.
However, the FCDO will continue to advise against all but essential travel to all Red List countries where the risk to British nationals is assessed as “unacceptably high”.
In the meantime, the government is expected to announce on Thursday that it will reduce the Red List, which currently includes 54 countries, including Mexico, Cuba and all of mainland South America.
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The FCDO said the policy change follows “improved public health in many countries” and “reduced risk for UK nationals” as a result of the introduction of the vaccine.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: “These rule changes will make travel easier, support businesses and families across the UK – and allow more of us to see friends and loved ones with greater confidence.
“We’re finding the right balance between people’s safety, which remains our priority, and the freedom to take ownership while helping the travel sector recover.”
Full list of countries with relaxed travel advice
- Tokelau and Niue
- Equatorial Guinea
- Marshall Islands
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Solomon Islands
- American Samoa
- French Polynesia