UK to stop requiring negative test for vaccinated travellers

The UK government has announced that from 4 October there will no longer be amber countries on its coronavirus risk map, meaning that those arriving in the UK from countries such as Spain will no longer have to present a negative covid-19 test if they have completed the vaccination schedule.

The Minister for Transport, Grant Shapps, announced this Friday that a “simpler” system will be applied for travellers, so that they will not have to prove that they are not carriers of the virus to enter the United Kingdom, as the British authorities had been suggesting.

This change will come into force on 4 October, with a view to “later” also modifying post-arrival protocols, so that the mandatory two-day PCR can be replaced by a “cheaper” lateral flow antigen test.

The current epidemiological traffic light that divides countries into three colours will disappear in favour of “a single red list”. Areas that do not fall into this category – “the rest of the world” in Shapps’ words – will benefit from the same conditions for travel.

The UK authorities have also agreed to remove eight countries from the highest risk group as of Tuesday, including Turkey, Pakistan and the Maldives, according to the minister. For the countries identified as red, the UK has set up a quarantine and testing system costing more than £2,200 (almost 2,700 euros per person).

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