Turkey, Egypt and the Maldives OFF the red list – see the full list

Turkey, Egypt and the Maldives have been taken OFF the red list – giving a holiday boost for families wanting a half-term break.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed that eight countries will be off the red list, which also include Sri Lanka, Oman, Kenya, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The eight countries will be removed from the red list from 4am on September 22.

He said: "Today’s changes mean a simpler, more straightforward system. One with less testing and lower costs, allowing more people to travel, see loved ones or conduct business around the world while providing a boost for the travel industry."

“Public health has always been at the heart of our international travel policy and with more than 8 in 10 adults vaccinated people fully vaccinated in the UK, we are now able to introduce a proportionate updated structure that reflects the new landscape."

The new rules are part of a major shake-up to the travel restrictions in place due to the pandemic.

The traffic light system will be scrapped, with just a red list for countries where travel is still banned, and a Rest of the World list – meaning no more amber or green lists.

The open travel list includes other holiday hotspot such as Spain, France, Greece, Portugal and Italy, as well as Dubai, and now Turkey and Egypt.

The new rules will be in place from October 4.

It isn't the only travel change, as fully vaccinated Brits will be able to skip the pricey tests when returning from abroad.

The pre-arrival test will be scrapped for UK travellers who have had both jabs, from October 4.

The day two test won't have to be a PCR test, but a cheaper lateral flow test from the end of October.

Travellers will have to pay for the lateral flow as the NHS ones are not accepted, but are much cheaper, costing around £30.

Unvaxxed Brits, however, will face new restrictions – needing three Covid tests and a 10-day quarantine, even if returning from open countries.

It is hoped to be introduced in time for the October half-term.

This would allow families to save hundreds on tests during the summer break, as well as travel more destinations.


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