Final seven red list countries REMOVED in major travel update

ALL seven remaining countries on the hated travel red list were today removed.

Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela will be open as holiday destinations from 4am Monday.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the red list would stay as a category "as a precaution".

He tweeted: "All seven remaining countries on the red list will be REMOVED from Mon 1 Nov at 4am.

We can also confirm that from Monday, eligible travellers from over 30 new countries and territories including Peru & Uganda will be added to our inbound vax policy, bringing the total number of countries on this list to over 135."

Earlier this week, ministers eased the testing requirements for double jabbed holidaymakers returning to the UK by replacing expensive PCR tests with cheaper lateral flow swabs.

It follows the scrapping of the pre-departure tests for double vaccinated travellers coming back to the UK earlier this month.

Unvaccinated travellers are still required to take pre-departure tests, two PCRs on arrival and have to quarantine on their return to the UK.

On October 7, 47 countries were removed from the red list – but Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama and Peru Venezuela were still under the travel ban.

Holidaymakers will hopefully be able to avoid last minute travel chaos if the remaining countries are struck off the list.

It seems the good news is on a roll, as it comes ahead of the United States lifting the travel ban from the UK and Europe for vaccinated passengers.

The restrictions will ease up over 18 months after Former President Donald Trump imposed the halt.

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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