India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have all been bumped up to the amber list (Picture: Getty)
Passengers returning from India to England will no longer have to stay in costly quarantine hotels.
The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and India are the latest nations to be bumped up from the red list to the amber category.
From 4am on Sunday, passengers from the four destinations to England will no longer need to book 11 nights at a quarantine hotel.
Those who are double-jabbed will not have to self-isolate at all as long as they provide proof of a negative Covid test and take another one tow days after landing.
Passengers who have not received two doses of the jab will have to isolate at home for 10 days and take tests.
But it is not good news for passengers returning from Mexico, Georgia and the French overseas departments of La Reunion and Mayotte.
The destinations will be moved to the high-risk red tier on Sunday, with passengers required to stay at a Government-designated quarantine hotel, with room prices set to soar later this month.
In a major travel shake-up, seven countries have also been moved from the amber list to the coveted quarantine-free green category.
Double-jabbed passengers arriving from India will not longer have to self isolate when arriving in England (Picture: AFP)
Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway will all move to the green list in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Although France’s category remains unchanged, double-jabbed passengers returning from the country will no longer have to isolate.
At present, fully vaccinated travellers returning to England and Wales from any amber list countries are exempt from quarantine – though testing requirements remain mandatory.
Meanwhile, Spain has narrowly avoided being given red status, but the Government is urging travellers to take a PCR test ‘as a precaution against the increased prevalence of the virus and variants in the country’ before they fly home.
The prices to stay at quarantine hotels are set to soar this month to ‘better reflect the increased costs involved’, according to the Government.
From August 12, the rate for solo travellers will rise from £1,750 to £2,285.
Additional adults sharing a room will see their bill hiked from £650 to £1,430.
Mexico is one of the latest countries to be added to the high-risk red list, meaning passengers will have to enter quarantine hotels upon arrival to England (Picture: Getty)
Red list destinations:
- Cape Verde
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- French Guiana
- La Reunion
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the Government is ‘committed to opening up international travel safely, taking advantage of the gains we’ve made through our successful vaccination programme’.
He went on: ‘While we must continue to be cautious, today’s changes reopen a range of different holiday destinations across the globe, which is good news for both the sector and travelling public.’
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the announcement ‘demonstrates the need for continued caution’, with additions made to the red list to ‘help protect the success of our vaccine rollout from the threat of new variants’.
According to The Times, Boris Johnson is increasingly concerned that the EU is further ahead in welcoming international travellers.
Economists estimate that the UK is losing as much as £639 million every day due to current curbs on tourism.
The travel list gets updated every three weeks and changes depending on Covid case rates, testing capacity and vaccination rollout.
Travel consultant Robert Boyle said to make it on the green list, countries must have case rates of 20 per 100,000 or below, while testing rates should be at least one per 100,000.
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