The Government has confirmed that foreign travel will reopen under a traffic light system this summer.
Countries will be split into three categories; green, amber or red, depending on how high-risk they are.
Destinations on the “green list” will have high vaccination rates and low case numbers, as well as low instances of variants of concern.
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Those on the “red list” will be nations with high rates of such variants, including the South African and Brazilian strains of the virus.
How will the traffic light system work?
The lists will be decided based on the following criteria:
- The percentage of a country’s population that have been vaccinated
- The rate of infection
- The prevalence of variants of concern
- The country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing
Here are the rules that will be in place for each list:
- Green: arrivals will need to take a pre-departure test as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on or before day two of their arrival back into the UK – but will not need to quarantine on return (unless they receive a positive result) or take any additional tests
- Amber: arrivals will need to quarantine for a period of 10 days and take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on day two and day eight. There will be the option to take an additional test on day five to end self-isolation early
- Red: arrivals will be subject to restrictions currently in place for red…