The travel lists are updated every three weeks following reviews and announcements from the Government.
The announcements are usually broadcasted on a Wednesday or Thursday, becoming a part of our routine we never imagined we needed.
During the announcement, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “With half-term and winter sun around the corner, we’re making it easier for families and loved ones to reunite, by significantly cutting the number of destinations on the red list, thanks in part to the increased vaccination efforts around the globe.
“Restoring people’s confidence in travel is key to rebuilding our economy and levelling up this country. With less restrictions and more people traveling, we can all continue to move safely forward together along our pathway to recovery.”
This has opened up international travel even further allowing for easier and broader travel for holidaymakers with fewer restrictions in place.
Now, just seven countries remain on the red list which are all deemed as high-risk countries in terms of Coronavirus.
These seven places remaining on the red list include Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Venezuela.
This last review took place on Thursday, October 7 where we saw the dramatic removal of the 47 red list countries which came into effect on Monday, October 11.
The travel list is updated every three weeks, therefore we can expect the next review to be on either Wednesday, October, 27 or Thursday, October. 28.
Changes following a review typically come into effect from 4 am four days after the review, this is to allow people time to travel back from a country where the rules may have changed.
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There are no predictions as of yet what the next travel review could bring in terms of international travel, but with so many countries now opened up, it is suggested that we could see the requirement for a covid quarantine hotel dropped from the red list.
Currently, people travelling from red list countries must pay up to £2,000 to quarantine in a government-mandated quarantine hotel facility on arrival back into the UK for 10 days.
Now there have been suggestions that ministers are in favour to replace the government-mandated quarantine hotel facility for at-home quarantine instead following the next review.
Requirements for those fully-vaccinated arriving from a country on the ‘rest of the world’ list must take a PCR test on day two off arriving back into the UK. Those not fully vaccinated are required to take a pre-departure test, a test on day eight when back in the UK, and must quarantine for 10 days.