The red list will be deleted on Monday, November 1, 2018, at 4:00 a.m.
The United Kingdom eliminated all seven remaining nations from its “red list” of places to avoid visiting over the Christmas holiday season.
Grant Shapps announced the good news in a tweet on Thursday, stating that it will benefit holiday travelers in the run-up to the Christmas season.
The seven countries will be removed off the list beginning at 4 a.m. on Monday, November 1st. According to a statement from the Secretary of State for Transportation, “UPDATE: Beginning Monday, November 1 at 4 a.m., all seven remaining countries on the red list will be removed.”
At the moment, visitors from these nations are needed to stay in a hotel for ten days at a cost of £2,285 per person in order to clear immigration.
According to reports, officials will retain the red list as a “lever” to use in the future if they decide it is essential to protect the United Kingdom from another severe outbreak of the disease.
The New York Times reports that hundreds of hotel rooms would be held in reserve.
The US administration reduced the number of countries on the red list from 54 to seven earlier this month, enabling entry to a slew of popular tourist destinations such as South Africa, Brazil, and Mexico.
According to Paul Charles, CEO of travel expert The PC Agency, “there is no need for any country to be on a red list at the moment, and there is no justification for hotel quarantine.”
According to him, “no new sources of worry have emerged since May, and governments are now understanding that blanket border restrictions, such as excluding whole nations, do not work.”
“If an individual intends to travel without restrictions, the best course of action is to verify their vaccination status and ensure they are current,” the author writes.
That the United Kingdom’s government has acknowledged this is a positive development.
The remaining seven nations on the red list, including Panama and Colombia, are anticipated to be relieved if they are removed later today.
Morocco this week slapped a travel restriction on the United Kingdom, citing the country’s high prevalence of Covid infection in comparison to other nations.
It took effect at 11:59 p.m. on October 21, disrupting hundreds of families’ half-term vacation plans and putting UK tourists in Morocco “in limbo” as they sought to book a return trip home.
The move has prompted speculation about whether other governments may follow suit.
The United States is another nation that is becoming more accessible to tourists, as it will begin lifting its stringent travel restrictions on the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe, as well as China, India, South Africa, Iran, and Brazil, on November 8.
President Joe Biden signed an order Monday establishing new immunization requirements for the majority of foreign national air travelers and lifting the effective travel ban in place since early 2020, according to the White House.