Travel traffic lights to be scrapped with new rules for holidays

The traffic light system that has kept most people from traveling on vacation or outside the UK this year is expected to be phased out by the end of this month.

New rules will be announced on October 1st, according to UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

The current system lists countries as red, green, or yellow – which dictates what quarantine you need to do when you return to the UK.

Red countries mean you have to stay in a hotel for 10 days – with the government telling people to avoid traveling to any country except the green list.

But these rules are to be replaced.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps will provide more details on this ahead of the Global Travel Taskforce’s next review on October 1st.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Javid said Britain has “strong defenses on the border” and “we have already relaxed the rules for fully vaccinated travelers”.

He added, “We are going to create a new framework for international travel. The Minister of Transport will provide details before the review point on October 1st.”

In its fall and winter schedule report, the government notes that “the number of daily international and domestic flights has increased by 59% since level 4 compared to level 3,” but they are keen to increase that as they “are still only 53% of the 2019 averages “.

The review of the rules is part of the government’s international approach to fighting Covid in the fall and winter months.

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