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Green, Red, or Amber: The UK Will Categorise Countries Eligible For Entry in May

Green, Red, or Amber: The UK Will Categorise Countries Eligible For Entry in May
Check in early May to see if you are eligible for entry into the UK, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Quarantine rules and compulsory COVID tests will vary depending on which country you are coming from under a new 'traffic light' system

OT Staff
April 09 , 2021
02 Min Read
Planning a trip to the UK? Check if your country has performed on the Covid front well enough in order to be eligible for entry. 
 
In early May, we'll get to know if Britain will resume international from May 17, as was decided earlier.
 
The country will also list eligible countries into the red, amber or green categories as part of a new traffic light system based on prevalent COVID-19 risks.
 
The government's Global Travel Taskforce revealed these details in a statement that explored how it hopes to allow people to travel this summer.
 
"The framework announced today will help allow us to reopen travel safely and sustainably, ensure we protect our hard-won achievements on the vaccine rollout and offer peace of mind to both passengers and industry as we begin to take trips abroad once again," said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
 
READ: New Zealand announces temporary ban on travellers from India
 
Quarantine rules and compulsory COVID tests will vary depending on which country you are coming from under the new traffic light system.
 
So do check which category your country falls under. 
 
The traffic light system will grade a country on several factors, including the percentage of vaccinated people, the rate of infection, how many cases of COVID variants are prevalent, and how good reliable genomic sequencing is in that country.
 
A "green watchlist" will identify countries most at risk of moving from green to amber. And a country's category could be changed at short notice if the data show that the risk has increased.
 
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UK is currently working on developing a certification system (similar to vaccine passports) for inbound and outbound travel.
 
The country had to go into a strict winter lockdown due to an upsurge in COVID-19 infections and deaths.
 
At the moment, international travel is banned in the country, and only allowed under specific circumstances.
 
So far, more than 31.8 million people in the United Kingdom have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 6.1 million have received two, in one of the fastest mass vaccination campaigns in the world.

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