International travel: update of government “traffic light” country lists
The British government announced today (August 5, 2021) that arrivals from France to England will no longer need to be quarantined if they are fully vaccinated.
From 4 a.m. on Sunday August 8, the rules for fully vaccinated amber will apply in France. At the same time, Austria, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia will move to the green list. Bahrain, India, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will move to the Amber List. Georgia, Mayotte, Mexico and Reunion will go on the red list.
The step aligns France with the rest of the Amber List now that the proportion of beta variant cases has declined, where those who are fully vaccinated with an authorized vaccine and administered in the UK, US or Europe no do not need to self-quarantine when they arrive in England.
The move also simplifies the system into 3 categories, as well as the green watchlist to warn travelers when green status is in danger.
An East Midlands Airport spokesperson said:
“We welcome the movement of more countries towards the Green and Amber Lists, in what is in effect the final revision of the traffic light lists before the end of the summer recess.
“With the new freedoms for fully immunized travelers, these changes will allow more people to enjoy vacations or reconnect with friends and family, in a growing list of countries.
“It is encouraging to finally see decisions that reflect the evidence on the ground in these destinations and that close the gap with the approach taken in other countries.
“The government must now seize this opportunity to develop a stable, sustainable and affordable system that gives people the confidence to book in advance during the fall, winter and next year. “
To continue to cautiously reopen international travel, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway will be added to the government’s green list, after being shown to be low risk. for British public health. India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will also move from the Red List to the Amber List as the situation in those countries has improved.
Data for all countries will be kept under review and the government will not hesitate to take action when a country’s epidemiological situation changes.
Following an assessment of the latest data, Georgia, Reunion, Mayotte and Mexico will be added to the red list.
They pose a high risk to public health in the UK due to known variants of concern, known high-risk variants under investigation or due to a very high prevalence of COVID-19 in the country or the territory.
Arrivals from Spain and all of its islands are advised to use a PCR test as a pre-departure test whenever possible, as a precaution against the increased prevalence of the virus and variants in the country.
British clinicians and scientists will keep in close contact with their Spanish counterparts to keep abreast of the latest data and photos of cases in Spain.
All of the changes announced today will take effect at 4 a.m. on Sunday August 8, 2021 in England.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said:
“We are committed to opening up safe international travel, building on the gains we have made from our successful immunization program, helping to connect families, friends and businesses around the world.
“While we must continue to be careful, today’s changes are reopening a range of different vacation destinations around the world, which is good news for the industry and travelers.”
Health and Social Affairs Secretary Sajid Javid said:
“As we learn to live with this virus, we continue to take steps to safely reopen international travel based on the latest data and expert public health advice.
“Vaccines have already prevented around 60,000 deaths and 22 million infections in England and, with more than 7 in 10 adults in the UK now double-bitten, we are building a wall of defense against the disease.
“In addition to moving more countries to the Green List, today’s announcement also demonstrates the need to remain cautious. Other countries have been added to the Red List to help protect the success of our deployment of vaccine against the threat of new variants.
All classification changes were decided by ministers, briefed on the latest data and analysis from the Joint Biosafety Center (JBC) and broader public health considerations, to help the public understand the public health risks of traveling to different destinations.
All of the measures announced today are designed to provide greater certainty for travelers and the travel industry, will be kept under review and further action may be taken to protect public health.
As of February, anyone arriving in the UK from a Red List country has been required by law to book a stay in a managed quarantine facility for 10 days.
In order to ensure that taxpayers do not subsidize the costs of staying at these establishments, which have increased, the cost will increase from Thursday, August 12.
Other payment methods remain available for those who really cannot afford to pay and the prices remain the same for children up to 12 years old.
If you are traveling abroad, you should take steps to stay safe and be prepared in case things change before you leave or during your stay.
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