British holidaymakers might be advised on Friday that they will now journey to Turkey, it’s reported, as the federal government broadcasts its much-anticipated evaluate of the Covid journey lists.
Dozens of different international locations, together with the Maldives, South Africa and Sri Lanka, are additionally rumoured to be shifting off the federal government’s no-go checklist, with transport secretary Grant Shapps anticipated to announce a simplified model of the visitors mild system that removes the amber classification altogether.
International locations will as an alternative be divided into both a inexperienced checklist or a pink checklist, eliminating the “gray space” travellers have complained of for the reason that system was launched earlier this yr.
Because of this, the pink checklist that bans worldwide journey to 62 international locations is anticipated to be greater than halved, The Occasions stories, in what would be the authorities’s most vital easing of journey restrictions since they have been first imposed.
Pink checklist journey presently requires passengers to pay £2,285 to quarantine in a government-approved resort for 11 nights on their return to the UK.
Turkey, which was added to the pink checklist in early Might, is anticipated to be among the many international locations that might be opened up for worldwide journey once more.
It is among the UK’s hottest winter solar locations, notably in October half-term locations with common highs of 26C. In 2019, greater than 2 million Britons holidayed within the nation, in keeping with the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS).
In the meantime, the requirement for pre-flight exams to be PCR commonplace could possibly be relaxed to permit cheaper lateral movement exams, saving cash for hundreds of travellers, it was reported.
Whereas the price of the “day 2” PCR check has fallen beneath intense scrutiny, by each travellers and Britain’s competitors watchdog, well being secretary Sajid Javid not too long ago indicated they could possibly be scrapped for totally vaccinated travellers returning to the UK. A less expensive and faster lateral movement check might be required as an alternative.
Equally, the requirement to take a pre-departure lateral movement check as much as 72 hours earlier than boarding UK-bound flights and ferries is also scrapped for vaccinated travellers, saving them about £30 every.
Knowledge knowledgeable Tim White mentioned on Thursday he thought no less than 12 international locations have been being taken off the pink checklist, beneath a brand new system specializing in variants of concern.
“The international locations are Argentina, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Turkey,” he advised Sky Information.
“If cautious, Mexico may have to remain some time longer and Dominican Republic wants assist to conduct genomic sequencing.”