Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

Manchester Airport has welcomed the biggest easing of travel rules to date as ‘brilliant news’ for the aviation industry.

A total of 47 countries, including South Africa, Mexico and Thailand, will be removed from the UK Red List on Monday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

Travelers arriving from these destinations no longer need to spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £ 2,285 for solo travelers.

Only seven countries remain on the red list after the changes.

They are Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

Charlie Cornish, CEO of Manchester Airport Group, said: “This is great news for British people who are desperate to travel abroad on holiday, to visit friends and family or for business.

“Customers can now order with confidence, certainly in the knowledge that testing is affordable and easy to understand.”

Only seven countries remain on the red list from Monday

“Removing so many countries from the Red List gives people the most choice they have had since before the pandemic, which will help stimulate the recovery of Britain’s valued aviation sector.

“We look forward to welcoming passengers who will benefit from these changes through our airports in the coming weeks and months.”

The separate administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland set their own travel rules, but have recently reflected announcements from Westminster.

Mr Shapps said: “With the mid-summer and winter suns around the corner, we are making it easier for families and loved ones to reunite by significantly reducing the number of destinations on the red list, thanks in part to increased vaccination efforts around the globe.”

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“Restoring people’s confidence in travel is the key to rebuilding our economy and leveling this country. With fewer restrictions and more people traveling, we can all continue to move safely forward along our path to recovery.”

Shapps also announced that the government would recognize vaccines for arrivals from a further 37 countries and territories, including Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey.

Grant Shapps

The decision means that fully vaccinated people entering England from these locations will be exempted from quarantine, the test before departure and the test eight after arrival.

Health Minister Sajid Javid said: “Our robust border measures have helped to protect the phenomenal progress of our vaccination program, and it is because of this success both here and around the world that we can safely open journeys further and we can visit friends and family abroad.

“We are now making it easier and cheaper for people to travel by allowing fully vaccinated travelers from outside the red list to use lateral flow tests on arrival day two, as long as they provide proof of use.”

No date has been set for when eligible fully vaccinated arrivals will be able to use a lateral flow test for their day-to-day test rather than the more expensive PCR version.

The government said its “ambition” is that this should be in place “for people returning from half-time breaks before the end of the month”.

Travelers will be able to verify that they have completed a lateral flow test by submitting a photograph.

Manchester Airport boss celebrates easing travel rules as ‘brilliant news’

British Airways announced that it will resume services and increase frequencies to a number of winter solar destinations removed from the red list, e.g. Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa; Mexico City and Cancun, Mexico; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Airline CEO Sean Doyle said: “It finally feels like we’re seeing light at the end of a very long tunnel.

“Britain will benefit from this significant reduction in red list countries, and now is the time to turn our attention to eradicating tests for fully vaccinated travelers to ensure we do not lose our place on the global stage.”

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