The UK government will ‘simplify’ the travel policy for travelers to and from England due to the large number of people vaccinated. According to Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps, the measures should ensure costs are reduced. What exactly this means is not yet clear. Details will be announced later today.
British Health Secretary Sajid Javid earlier answered the question that a mandatory PCR test before leaving abroad may be replaced by a cheaper rapid test.
“The high vaccination rate that keeps us all safe should be taken advantage of,” Shapps wrote in a short announcement on Twitter. Government statistics show that more than 80 per cent of the UK population aged 16 or over has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Among those over 16, 90 percent got their first shot.
England now has a traffic light system where countries are labeled with green, amber (orange and yellow) and red color codes. Each color is related to the measurements. The measures are the most stringent for the countries on the red list, which will be shortened according to British media. The media also reports that color-coded amber may disappear, meaning that non-vaccinated travelers will no longer have to quarantine after arriving from countries with this color-code and instead of two, they just have to have one aura test.
The government in London is only dealing with Corona measures in England. Those in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are determined by local authorities.
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