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Covid travel rules set to be torn up as new scheme to be announced by October 1

Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced the new scheme as he outlined the Governments approach to tackling Covid over the autumn and winter months.

New travel rules will be announced on October 1

Covid travel rules currently in place will be torn up as a new scheme will be announced by October 1, the Health Secretary has announced.

Officials are expected to formally review the use of the traffic light system, which designates countries as red, amber or green in accordance with their Covid risk.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is set to announce more details of this before the next Global Travel Taskforce review.

Speaking in the Commons, Sajid Javid said the UK has had “strong defences at the border” and “we have already relaxed the rules for fully vaccinated travellers”.

He added: “We will be providing a new framework for international travel. The Transport Secretary will be announcing details ahead of review point on October 1.”

Currently, Brit holidaymakers returning from red list countries must stay in a Government-backed quarantine hotel for 10 days.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid making a statement on the Government’s Winter Covid Plan


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Fully vaccinated Brits coming from amber list countries will need to take a Covid test before arriving in the UK and again on their second day in the country.

The rules for double jabbed Brits returning from green list destinations.

They must also fill in a passenger locator form.

Non-vaccinated people returning from amber list countries must quarantine at home for 10 days and take PCR tests on day 2 and day 8.

Sir Graham Brady, MP for Altrincham and Sale West raised the need of getting rid of PCR tests for people returning from amber list countries as he claimed “people returning from green and amber list countries had a lower level of covid than people who stayed here”.

The Health Secretary responded: “He’s right to raise this and it’s why we’ve kept our travel rules under review.

“We are looking to make changes very soon. The Transport Secretary is making changes to those rules as soon as he possible can.”

The measures were announced as Mr Javid outlined the Governments approach to tackling Covid over the autumn and winter months.

In its Autumn and Winter plan report, the Government states the “number of daily international and domestic flights has increased by 59% since step 4 compared to step 3 levels” but they are keen to increase this as it “still only represents 53% of 2019 average levels”.

The review of rules come as part of the Government’s international approach to tackling Covid during the autumn and winter months.

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