Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is set to announce an overhaul to Covid journey guidelines at present, with the traffic light system set to be scrapped.
The brand new system is reported to be easier. The green and amber lists are anticipated to be merged to type one class of low-risk nations, whereas the number of destinations on the red list might be diminished.
Extra focus might be positioned on vaccination standing, with double-jabbed people enjoying far more freedom to travel. Right here is every little thing you could know.
When is Grant Shapps’ announcement?
There’s at present no set time for the Transport Secretary’s replace. Ministers are anticipated to satisfy first to finalise the principles within the afternoon, with the announcement more likely to come shortly after.
Journey updates have usually been on Wednesdays or Thursdays each three weeks – usually between 5-8pm – however this week’s has been delayed till Friday because of the cupboard reshuffle.
Bulletins are usually not usually televised, with modifications to the inexperienced, amber and purple lists as a substitute being shared on Mr Shapps’ social media accounts.
Nonetheless, with this being a extra main overhaul, the Authorities might go for a televised press convention.
The modifications would come into power forward of the October half-term break.
How can I watch dwell?
If there’s a televised press convention will probably be proven dwell on BBC Information and Sky Information.
You may watch BBC Information on-line through BBC iPlayer and Sky Information by its YouTube channel.
How will journey guidelines change?
It’s anticipated that there’ll now be simply two lists – one with nations individuals can journey to, and one they need to not.
Rules around testing and isolation are set to vary relying on an individual’s vaccination standing – although hotel quarantine will remain for everybody getting into the UK from a rustic on the “no-go” listing.
Something Mr Shapps publicizes will solely apply to England, however lately the devolved administrations have applied rule modifications for journey introduced in Westminster.
Listed here are the anticipated guidelines.
- No requirement to self-isolate until arriving from a “no-go” nation
- Pre-departure exams earlier than travelling to the UK anticipated to be scrapped
- Day two PCR take a look at may very well be changed with cheaper lateral circulate take a look at or scrapped completely
To qualify as fully-vaccinated it’s essential to have acquired your second jab no less than 14 days earlier than your return journey to the UK.
Individuals with out each jabs:
- Seemingly required to self-isolate upon return to UK – from any nation
- Pre-departure take a look at seemingly nonetheless required
- Day two and day eight PCR exams nonetheless required
Boris Johnson informed a Downing Road press convention on Tuesday that the Authorities is contemplating what it might do to make “the burdens of testing much less onerous for individuals who are coming again into the nation”.
The Well being Secretary added that he needs to scrap PCR exams for travellers “as quickly as I probably can”.
The purple listing is anticipated to be diminished – it at present stands at 62 nations.
A Division for Transport spokesman stated: “Our high precedence is to guard public well being – selections on our site visitors gentle system are saved underneath common overview and are knowledgeable by the most recent threat evaluation from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and wider public well being components.”