England Gets New Travel Policy Due to High Vaccination Rate

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The British government will “simplify” the travel policy for travellers to and from England because of the large number of people who have been vaccinated.


The measures should ensure lower costs, Transport Minister Grant Shapps reports. What that exactly means is not yet clear. The details will be announced later on Friday.

Colleague Sajid Javid, the health minister, implied that cheaper rapid tests might replace the mandatory PCR tests before departure abroad. He did so when asked about it.

Shapps wrote in a short announcement on Twitter that “the high vaccination rate that keeps us all safe should be taken advantage of”. Government statistics say that more than 80 percent of the UK population aged 16 and over has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Of the over 16s, 90 percent have had the first shot.

England now has a light traffic system where countries are classified by the colour codes green, amber and red. Each colour is associated with measures. The measures are strictest for the countries on the red list, which according to British media, will be shortened.

They also report that the colour-coded amber may disappear, meaning that unvaccinated travellers will no longer have to quarantine after arriving from countries with that colour code. So instead of two, they just have to have one corona test.

The government in London only deals with the corona measures in England. Those in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are determined by the local authorities.

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