All countries set to be removed from red list – meaning no more hotel quarantine
THE government is set to remove the remaining seven countries from the red list.
The move would mean that travellers would not be required to hotel quarantine when returning to England from any destination.
The BBC has reported that Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela will all be taken off the list.
An announcement is expected later today.
However, the government has retained the right to add more countries back onto the list if the need arises.
A spokesperson for Boris Johnson said today that Britain has no plans to scrap a travel red list country system that requires arrivals to stay in a hotel to quarantine.
Currently, anyone travelling to the UK from a red list country must pay for a 10-day managed quarantine hotel package, it costs £2,285 per person, which includes the required Covid tests.
The price for a second adult sharing the hotel room costs £1,430 while kids aged 5-11 cost £325.
Children under 5 can stay for free.
Travellers coming into England from the red list countries have to book a stay at a quarantine hotel through an online booking platform.
If passengers leave the quarantine hotel before their 10 days are up, they will be handed a £5,000 coronavirus fine, but this figure can increase up to £10,000.
The government has introduced a number of changes to the travel system in recent weeks, including dropping all PCR tests for vaccinated travellers.
It is hoped Brits will enjoy 'test free' holidays next summer with no traffic light restrictions, the Transport Secretary said.
Grant Shapps said the vaccine is "the answer", adding: "The vaccine is the thing that's enabled us to make these big changes on international travel as well."
He told Times Radio: "Having gone through this two years in a row, two summers in a row and, like many other people, experienced the shortcomings of a system that was able to change so quickly, I really do hope that this is the world going back to normal."
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