UK’s travel red list ‘to be scrapped’ as Covid threat from abroad declines

The UK could soon scrap its travel red list once and for all, according to new reports.

It is believed ministers would discuss the travel advice on Thursday removing the seven countries still facing restrictions from the list.

The plan is thought to be supported by the Department of Health and is reportedly based on a declining threat from abroad.

It could soon mean Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela will all be removed from the red list.

Visitors from those countries will no longer have to fork £2,285 per person for 11 nights at quarantine hotels.

The Daily Telegraph reports the coronavirus plan will come in from next Monday after the red list was introduced on February 15.

It is possible the pressure might have been put on during the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.

A Whitehall source said: "The Department of Health is minded to remove countries from the red list given the public health advice.

"But the hotel quarantine policy will remain in place as a safety net, in case the situation changes.

"Countries could go on if there is a concern at some point in the future."

It is also reported the government is planning to scrap the hotel quarantine system altogether.

The news would mean travellers are told to self-isolate at home for 10 days, regardless of what vaccines they have had.

But this is not set to be announced just yet and it may come into force next year.

Earlier this month, around 47 countries were taken off the UK's red list leaving just the final seven.

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Planning to go abroad soon? Previously a travel expert shared a simple hack that can get you an entire plane row.

The first tip is to check in as early as possible, according to Chelsea Dickenson.

Posting on Instagram, she said: "When selecting a seat, you're looking for a free row and book for a window seat and an aisle seat.

"The theory here is that someone is much less likely to book a seat in between two strangers and they'll opt for another row."

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